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Nancy's Notes - August 15, 2013

“Gotcha” by Fern Michaels, “Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Café” by Mary Simses, “Silver Star” by Jeannette Walls.

Soon the kids will be in school and things will settle into a routine, hopefully giving you more time to read. If this is the case, you might enjoy Fern Michaels' “Gotcha”. This is a story of loyalty among friends. Sometimes, justice is a long time coming. That's the case with Julie Wyatt, Myra Rutledge, and her best friend - and fellow Sister - Annie. Julie is convinced her greedy daughter-in-law Darlene had something to do with the mysterious circumstances surrounding her son Larry's death. She desperately wants to get a confession out of Darlene and to ensure the safety of Larry's daughter, Olivia. As Myra, Annie, and their cohorts dig deeper into Darlene's shady dealings, events unfurl in a way that no one could have predicted.

Mary Simses, “Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Café” is the tale of a high-powered Manhattan attorney who finds love and the promise of a simpler life in her grandmother's hometown. Ellen Branford is going to fulfill her grandmother's dying wish,to find the hometown boy she once loved, and give him her last letter. Ellen leaves Manhattan and her fiance for Beacon, Maine. What should be a one-day trip is quickly complicated when she almost drowns and is saved by a local carpenter. As she learns about her grandmother and herself, it becomes clear that a 24-hour visit to Beacon may never be enough.
Jeannette Walls, who has written the popular memoirs, “The Glass Castle” and “Half-Broke Horses” is back with a work of fiction. “Silver Star” begins in 1970 in a small town in California. “Bean” Holladay is twelve and her sister, Liz, is fifteen when their artistic mother, Charlotte takes off to find herself, leaving her girls enough money to last a month or two. When Bean returns from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz decide to take the bus to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that’s been in Charlotte’s family for generations.  Bean soon discovers who her father was, and hears many stories about why their mother left Virginia. Because money is tight, Liz and Bean start babysitting and doing office work for Jerry Maddox, a man who bullies everyone he knows. Bean adores her whip older sister but when school starts in the fall, it’s Bean who easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz who becomes increasingly withdrawn. And then something happens to Liz.
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