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Nancy's Notes - June 27, 2013

“Perfect Match” by Jodi Picoult, "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini, “Blossom Sisters” by Fern Michaels

I am currently reading Jodi Picoult’s, “Perfect Match”. I enjoy her stories even though she is a dark writer whose books never have a happy ending. In this story Nina Frost, wife of Caleb and mother of Nathaniel, is an attorney whose job it is to prosecute child molesters. When she finds that their local priest has sexually abused Nathaniel, Nina makes it her mission to make sure the predator is never able to molest another child. During the arraignment of the accused, Nina steps forward and pumps four bullets into his head. She is a peace with her decision when the DNA evidence comes back a perfect match, or is it?

Khaled Hosseini, the author of The Kite Runner,  has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make continue to effect future generations. This tale revolves around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers. Hosseini looks at  the ways in which families nurture, betray,  honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us.

Fern Michaels is popular with our readers. Her latest is entitled, “Blossom Sisters”. Gus Hollister owes all his success to his grandmother, Rose. It was she and her two sisters, Iris and Violet, who raised Gus, sending him to the best schools, and helping him start his own accounting business. Rose even bought the house Gus lives in with his wife, Elaine. Gus now stands to lose everything. He's even alienated his beloved grandma, who tried to warn him about Elaine's gold-digging ways. Gus, blinded by love, refused to listen, and now Elaine has locked him out of the house he was foolish enough to put in her name. Remorseful, Gus returns to Rose's home to seek shelter. But it won't be easy to make amends.

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