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Nancy's Notes - August 4, 2016

“Angels Share” by J.R. Ward, “Choices We Make” by Karma Brown, “We Are All Made of Stars” by Rowan Coleman.

    If you pick your paper up before 1:00 p.m. on August 4, you still have time to bring your kids in for our final summer reading presentation. That is the day Rick Brammer, Magician Extraordinaire, will bring his magic to the library. We’ve had activities for youngsters twice a week through July but this will be our summer finale. Reading logs will be accepted and prizes awarded until school starts. Watch our Facebook page for the start of our Fall activities.
        Several new books arrived this week. Among them is, “Angels Share”, by J.R. Ward. It is the second title in the Bourbon King series. In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is at the top of the social ladder, just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. Their lives and estate are run by a discrete staff who unsurprisingly become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder. No one is above suspicion not even the eldest Bradford son, Edward.
        Karma Brown’s, “Choices We Make”, involves an ever-growing social issue, surrogacy and it’s possible down-falls. Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade. While they've been as close as sisters ever since, Hannah can't help but feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, have created with two perfect little girls. She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah's heartbreak is overwhelming. Just as they begin to explore other options, Kate's offers to be Hannah's surrogate and Kate is also willing to use her own eggs to do so. Full of renewed hope, excitement and gratitude, these two families embark on a journey toward parenthood, until a devastating tragedy puts everything these women have worked toward at risk of falling apart.
        My final book is, “We Are All Made of Stars” by Rowan Coleman.
A dedicated nurse, Stella finds comfort at the hospice where she works the late shift. The hospice at night is another world, where the dying receive closure by creating the letters that Stella helps them write. The pages are filled with love and humor, sometimes regret, and, occasionally, even instructions for a husband on how to run appliances. There’s one rule: The letters are mailed only after the patient has passed. When a woman under her care, Grace, has written a confession to the son she abandoned many years before, Stella is faced with a dilemma . The letter clearly needs to be read before Grace dies. But if Stella mails it now, she breaks the rule and risks tampering not only with Grace’s wishes but also with fate.
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