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Nancy's Notes - January 2, 2014

“Serpent and the Staff” by Barbara Woods, “This Matter of Marriage” by Debbie Macomber, “Trophy Hunt” by C.J. Box.

 We just received a shipment of large print books. They aren’t necessarily on the current bestseller list, but there is a variety, and I’m sure you can find something of interest. Those titles are: “Heart of Gold”, “Wings of a Dream”,  “Together Alone”, “Come a Little Closer”, “The Song Remains the Same”, “The Time Between”, “The Good Father”, “Telling the Bees”, “The River”, “The Technologists”, and “Island Apart”. Our large print collection is quickly gaining in popularity, so we try to add several volumes each month.
    Barbara Woods’ “Serpent and the Staff” begins in Ugarit, Syria, in the year 1450 B.C.E. Eighteen-year-old Leah, the eldest daughter of a wealthy winemaker, is past the traditional age of betrothal. Vowed to wed the wealthy but cruel shipbuilder Jotham, Leah declines his offer of marriage after discovering that he and his family suffer from “the falling sickness.” Enraged by her refusal and his ruined reputation, he blackmails Leah’s father, a punishment forgiven only by offering Leah’s hand in marriage. With no more options for another suitor and no male heir for her family, Leah must seek out the cure for Jotham’s sickness or her family will face permanent ruin.
    Debbie Macomber is always a good read for those who want a light, entertaining story. Her latest is entitled, “This Matter of Marriage”. The alarm on Hallie's biological clock is buzzing away. She's turning 30 and there's no prospect of marriage with no man in sight. But Hallie's an organized, goal-setting kind of person. She gives herself a year to meet Mr. Knight in Shining Armor. But all her dates are disasters. 
Too bad she can't just fall for her good-looking neighbor, Steve Marris. He's definitely not her type. Anyway, Steve's busy trying to win back his ex-wife, Mary Lynn, who's busy getting married to someone else. Life would be so much simpler if he could fall for someone like Hallie.
Joe Pickett is back in “Trophy Hunt” by C.J. Box. It's a beautiful late-summer day in Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is fly-fishing with his two daughters when he stumbles upon the mutilated body of a moose. Shaken by the sight, Joe starts to investigate what he hopes is an isolated incident. Days later, after the discovery of a small herd of mutilated cattle, Joe realizes this is something much more terrifying than he could have imagined. Local authorities are quick to label the attacks the work of a grizzly bear, but Joe knows otherwise. The cuts on the moose and the cattle were too clean, too precise, to have been made by jagged teeth. Soon afterward the bodies of two men are found within hours of each other, in separate locations, their wounds eerily similar to those found on the moose and cattle. There's a vicious killer, a modern-day Jack the Ripper, on the loose in Saddlestring, and it appears his rampage is just beginning.
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