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Nancy's Notes - October 3, 2013

“Beloved” by Robin Lee Hatcher, “The Secret Keeper” by Beverly Lewis, “The Longest Ride” by Nicholas Sparks

New books arrived again this week. It was a good mixture of several different types of reading materials with a little bit of something for everyone. So you might want to sneak in for a couple minutes and see if anything looks interesting. 
Robin Lee Hatcher is quite popular among our readers of inspirational fiction. Her latest is entitled, “Beloved”. Diana Brennan came west on the orphan train and was given a home with a loving couple who spoiled her. At 17, she fell hard for Tyson Applegate, the son of a wealthy mine owner. After a whirlwind courtship and marriage, Tyson took off for adventures around the world, including fighting with the Rough Riders in Cuba. Receiving no word of him for seven years, Diana is ready to move past the pain and marry again, just as soon as Tyson is declared legally dead. But when her husband returns, supposedly a changed man, he wants to reunite with his wife and run for the senate.  Diana suspects the election is his real reason for wanting to remain married. She agrees to maintain his home and to campaign with him as long as she gets her freedom when the election is over. He agrees with one condition, she must give him a chance to change her mind about him.
Beverly Lewis is also very popular fiction writer in our inspirational section. Her latest is, “The Secret Keeper”. With her love for all things old-fashioned, Jennifer Burns has often been told she's an "old soul," but no one is prepared for her decision to set aside her modern life in favor of the Old Order Amish world. Yet Jenny does exactly that, adopting Plain dress and settling in with Samuel and Rebecca Lapp while she works as a mother's helper for the bishop's wife--a far cry from her former job as an x-ray technician.
Nicholas Sparks, “The Longest Ride”, should appeal to many of you. We currently have only a large print copy. Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image of his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago, appears. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together - how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can't possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.
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