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Nancy's Notes - February 14, 2013

“Downton Abbey” First Season DVD, “The Ambassador’s Daughter” by Pam Jenoff, “Until the End of Time” by Danielle Steele.

We have over 800 DVD’s in our collection. They can be checked for two day periods.  Each household may check out four per check-out period. There is no charge unless the movies are brought back late, then there is a fee of $.50 per movie per day. One of the latest additions to our collection is the very popular “Downton Abbey”. We now have the first season of the PBS serial with the second season on order. I took season one home and quickly got hooked on the story.

Pam Jenoff’s, “The Ambassador’s Daughter”, is set in Paris in the year 1919. World leaders have converged in the city to rebuild their countries after the Great War.    Brought to the peace conference by her father, a German diplomat, Margot Rosenthal initially resents being trapped in the French capital, where she is still looked upon as the enemy. But as she contemplates returning to Berlin and a life with Stefan, her wounded fiancé,she decides that being in Paris is not so bad after all. Bored, Margot strikes up unlikely alliances with Krysia, an accomplished musician with radical acquaintances and Georg, the handsome, damaged naval officer who gives Margot a job and a reason to question everything she thought she knew about where her true loyalties should lie.
Danielle Steel, one of our most prolific writers, has a huge following among our readers. Her latest is “Until the End of Time”, a story of two couples, four decades apart. Bill, a dedicated young lawyer working at his family’s prestigious New York firm, leaves everything to follow his dream and become a minister in rural Wyoming. Jenny, his wife, is a stylist whose heart and soul are invested in fashion. She leaves the life she loves to join him.  Steel’s story then skips ahead thirty-eight years where Robert is a hard working independent book publisher in Manhattan who has given up all personal life to build his struggling business. He is looking for one big hit novel to publish. Lillibet is a young Amish woman, caring for her widowed father and three young brothers on their family farm. In secret at night, she has written a novel and gets it into Robert’s hands. He falls in love first with the book, and then with the woman he has never met Although Lillibet faces banishment from her family and community, she embraces the opportunity to publish her novel, and is drawn to the man who has expressed interest in her book. Fate draws her from her horse-and-buggy life toward his, and the publication of her novel.
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