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Nancy's notes - August 9, 2012

“True Sisters” by Sandra Dallas, “Miss Julia to the Rescue by Ann B. Ross, “The Fiddler” by Beverly Lewis.
  Our large print collection continues to expand as the demand continues to increase. We try to get a few new titles each month. This week I have three new titles that sound interesting. The first is historical fiction. Sandra Dallas brings the Mormon trail to life in “True Sisters”. Brigham Young wanted to encourage Mormon converts to immigrate to Salt Lake City. Outfitted with two-wheel handcarts, the immigrants were expected to walk, pulling handcarts, for the entire 1,300 mile journey from Iowa City. Several “companies” completed the trek and reached Salt Lake City. But for Martin Company, the last group to leave from Iowa City, the trip proved disastrous. More than a quarter of the 575 members froze or starved to death. “True Sisters” tells the story of four women, brought together on the journey of the Martin Handcart Company and united by the promises of prosperity and salvation. Through the ties of friendship and strength from suffering, each one tests her faith and learns the real meaning of survival.
    Our Miss Julia books have a good following. Ann B. Ross’s latest story is, “Miss Julia to the Rescue”. With young Lloyd moving out and husband Sam off to the Holy Land, Miss Julia is feeling restless. She decides it’s time for a makeover, but before she can pick a color scheme, Miss Julia must race to rescue Hazel Marie’s new husband. J.D. has gone missing while on a private investigation job and police have detained an injured man fitting his description. It’s now up to Miss Julia and Etta Mae to free him.
    Beverly Lewis has become one of our most popular inspirational authors. We  carry several of her books in our large print section as well the inspirational section. We now have, “The Fiddler”, first in her Home to Hickory Hollow series. A wrong turn in a rainstorm leads Englisher Amelia Devries to Michael Hostetler and his Old Order Amish community. Despite their different backgrounds, Amelia and Michael both feel hemmed in by the expectations of others and struggle with their hopes for the future. What seems to be a chance encounter might just change their lives forever.
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