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Nancy's Notes - April 4, 2013

“Downton Abbey” Season 3, “Six Year” by Harlan Coben, " With or Without You" by Domenica Ruta

We now have season three of “Downton Abbey”. I became hooked on the PBS series a couple of months ago after we purchased the first two seasons. You do not want to watch them out of order and each DVD has several hours of viewing, so you need to have plenty of free time to watch them.

Harlan Coben is back with, “Six Year”. Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart, keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But time hasn’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral where he hopes to get the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s …but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for almost two decades.
As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found, or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart, who lied to him, will soon puts his very life at risk.

Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class town north of Boston, in a trash-filled house on a dead-end road. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, and whose highbrow taste did not match her hardscrabble life. And yet she managed to instill in her daughter a love of stories. Kathi frequently kept Domenica home from school to watch classic movies telling her, “This is more important. I promise. You’ll thank me later.” And despite the fact that there was not a book to be found in her household, Domenica developed a love of reading, which helped her believe that she could transcend this life of undying grudges, self-inflicted misfortune, and the crooked moral code that Kathi and her cohorts lived by.

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