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Nancy's Notes - July 28, 2016

“Keep Me Posted” by Lisa Beazley, “The Girls in the Garden” by Lisa Jewell

Last week we enjoyed a program by the Hansen Family. They juggled, rode unicycles, and interacted with the kids. Our final program will be Thursday, August 4 at 1:00 p.m. when Rick Brammer will bring his magic tricks and entertain local youngsters. Children have also enjoyed the summer activities Missy has provided. The heat yesterday provided the prefect time for participants to enjoy water balloon baseball.

Lisa Beazley’s “Keep Me Posted” should be interesting. With all the talk of posting information on line, it asks the question “what would happen if the intimate secrets you shared with your sister went viral?” Sisters Cassie and Sid Sunday have not done a good job of keeping in touch. Their lives moved in different directions for the once-close sisters. Today Sid lives an expat’s life of leisure in Singapore, while stressed, iPhone-addicted Cassie can’t seem to make it work as a wife and a mom to twin toddlers in Manhattan. It doesn't help that Sid spurns all social media while Cassie is hooked on Facebook. So when Sid issues a challenge to reconnect the old-fashioned way through handwritten letters Cassie figures, why not? The experiment exceeds both of their expectations, and the letters become a kind of mutual confessional that have real and soul-satisfying effects. And they just might have the power to help Cassie save her marriage, and give Sid the strength to get her life back on track. Until one of Cassie’s lapses in judgment comes back to bite her, and all of the letters wind up the one place you’d never, ever want to see them: the Internet.
 For a little suspense try “The Girls in the Garden”, by Lisa Jewell. Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbors for years and you trust them implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? On a summer night, as a neighborhood party is taking place, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?
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