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Nancy's Notes - May 19, 2016

“Til Death Do Us Part” by Amanda Quick, “The Hypnotist’s Love Story” by Liane Moriarty, “Re Jane" by Patricia Park.

        It’s too rainy and cool to garden but it’s just right for curling up with a good book! If you don’t have time to come in and check out something at the library, go to www.clarion.lib.ia.us, to download an e-book or audio book. Click on the Bridges icon and all Clarion and Wright County patrons, using the last five digits of their library card, can download items for free.
        Amanda Quick’s, “Til Death Do Us Part” has received high reviews. The central character is
Calista Langley who operates an exclusive “introduction” agency in Victorian London. Her business caters to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, an obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning: a black mirror, a funeral wreath, a ring set with black jet stone. Each is engraved with her initials. Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn’t trust her. Scarred by his past, he’s learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an attraction threatens his resolve. But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past and that only her death will satisfy the stalker.
        If you enjoyed “A Husband’s Secret” and “Big Little Lies”, try Liane Moriarty’s latest, “The Hypnotist’s Love Story”. Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a good life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk.  Braced for the worst, Ellen is pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him. Ellen thinks that’s actually kind of interesting that she’s dating someone worth stalking. She’s intrigued by the woman’s motives. In fact, she’d even love to meet her.
        A new author for our library is, Patricia Park. We have now purchased her novel, “Re Jane”.  For Jane Re, half-Korean, half-American orphan, Flushing, Queens, is the place she’s been trying to escape from her whole life. Jane works, unappreciated, in her strict uncle’s grocery store and politely observes the traditional principle of nunchi (a combination of good manners, hierarchy, and obligation). Desperate for a new life, she’s thrilled to become the au pair for the Mazer-Farleys, two Brooklyn English professors and their adopted Chinese daughter. Introduced into their world of organic food co-ops and nineteenth–century novels, Jane is the recipient of Beth Mazer’s feminist lectures and Ed Farley’s male attention. When a family death interrupts Jane and Ed’s blossoming affair, she flies off to Seoul, leaving New York far behind.Reconnecting with family, and struggling to learn the ways of modern-day Korea, Jane begins to wonder if Ed Farley is really the man for her. Jane returns to Queens, where she must find a balance between two cultures and accept who she really is.
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