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Nancy's Notes - November 5, 2015

“Winter Stroll” by Elin Hilderbrand, “The Art of Losing Yourself” by Katie Ganshert, “Moving Forward from Life’s Darkest Hour: Choosing Hope” by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

  Last week we had a great time at the library when we hosted a Zombie Party. Two dozen third through fifth graders showed up to make a snack of dirt cups equipped with a tombstone, paint on zombie makeup, play games, and decorated gourds to look like mummies as well as making mummies out of several of their friends. It was a good way to get in the Halloween spirit.
        Can you believe that we are already getting in Christmas novels. I guess this is I good time to read them since December is always a busy month. We have now purchased, “Winter Stroll” by Elin Hilderbrand. The story takes place at Christmas on Nantucket where Kelley Quinn, the owner of Winter Street Inn, is reflecting on the past year. As he writes his holiday letter to friends and family he knows that although he has had some misfortune and worry, the Quinns have much to celebrate. Kelley, now single, is on better terms with his first wife Margaret, who is using her celebrity to lure customers to the inn in record numbers. Their son Kevin has a beautiful new baby, Genevieve, with the Inn's French housekeeper, Isabelle; and their daughter, Ava, is finally dating a nice guy. Now the Quinns are looking forward to celebrating Genevieve's baptism, welcoming Isabelle to the family, and enjoying the cheer of Nantucket's traditional Christmas Stroll. But just when a peaceful family gathering seems within reach, Kelley's estranged second wife, Mitzi, shows up on the island. Now it's going to take a whole lot more than a Christmas miracle to get the Quinns through the holidays intact.
        Receiving five stars by readers is, “The Art of Losing Yourself” by Katie Ganshert. Every morning, Carmen Hart pastes on her television smile and broadcasts the weather. She’s the Florida panhandle’s favorite meteorologist, married to everyone’s favorite high school football coach. They’re the perfect-looking couple, living in a nice house and attending church on Sundays. From the outside, she’s a woman who has it all together.  But on the inside, Carmen Hart struggles with doubt. She wonders if she made a mistake when she married her husband. Then Carmen’s sister, a seventeen year old runaway, Gracie Fisher , steps in and changes everything. Gracie is caught squatting at a boarded-up motel that belongs to Carmen’s aunt, and their mother is off on another one of her benders, which means Carmen has no other option but to take Gracie in. Is it possible for God to use a broken teenager and an abandoned motel to bring a woman’s faith and marriage back to life?
        Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis was the Sandy Hook first-grade teacher who was credited with saving her entire class that tragic day in December of 2012. She has now written, “Moving Forward from Life’s Darkest Hour: Choosing Hope” with the help of Robin Gaby Fisher. Since that day, despite the unimaginably painful experiences she endured, she has chosen to share her experience with others, in the hope that they too can find light in dark moments.
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