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Nancy's Notes - May 26, 2016

“The Cracked Spine” by Paige Shelton, “The Apartment” by Danielle Steele.

    I am so sad to announce that Deb Sebby will be retiring on Tuesday, May 31. She has done a great job at the library. If you’d like to stop in and wish her well, we’ll have the coffee pot on that day. I’m sure we’ll still see her trotting around town, but we’ll still miss seeing her on a regular basis. We are pleased to announce that Missy Hansen has been hired to take her place. She will be working as our children’s librarian and has many fun activities planned for local children in the near future.
        We have purchased a new mystery, “The Cracked Spine”, written by Paige Shelton. As I was reading the book cover I found that she was a graduate of Drake University. It always makes for more interesting reading when there’s an Iowa connection. Delaney Nichols was never an adventurer, so no one was more surprised than she was when she packed her bags and moved halfway across the world to Edinburgh, Scotland to start a job. Beginning a new career at The Cracked Spine, a bookshop located in the heart of the city, her new boss, Edwin MacAlister, has given her the opportunity of a lifetime. Delaney can’t wait to take her spot behind the desk. The Cracked Spine is filled with everything a book lover could want, each item as diverse as the people who work there; the lovable Rosie, who always has tiny dog Hector in tow; Hamlet, a nineteen-year-old actor with a colored past and bright future; and Edwin, who is just as mysterious as Delaney expected. But before she can settle into her new life, a precious artifact goes missing, and Edwin’s sister is brutally murdered. Never did Delaney think that searching for things lost could mean a killer, but if she’s to keep her job, and protect her new friends, she’ll need to learn the truth behind this tragedy.
        Danielle Steel has really been cranking out the books in the past few months. She has had a new book released every month this year with several more ready to be published before the year ends. We recently added, “The Apartment”, to our shelves.  Four young women, all at turning points in their lives, come together by chance in the heart of New York City. Claire Kelly finds the walk-up apartment, a spacious loft in Hell’s Kitchen. But the aspiring shoe designer needs at least one roommate in order to afford the rent. She meets Abby Williams, a writer trying to make it on her own, far away from her successful family in L.A. Four years later, Morgan Shelby joins them. She’s ambitious, with a finance job on Wall Street. Then Sasha Hartman, a medical student whose identical twin sister is a famous supermodel. The apartment with its exposed brick and natural light, becomes a home to friends about to embark on new adventures. Their shared life in the apartment grounds them as they bring one another comfort and become a family of beloved friends.
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