Adult Fiction

Lost Lake

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Lost Lake the newest book of Sarah Addison Allen is another wonderful tale of second chances. "Worlds of regret and missed opportunities and lost loves found again" was one reviewer's thought of the book. This story has wonderful character development and it was a book that I did not want to end. If you are familiar with her other books, you know each one contains a bit of magic. This is a beautiful tale of a widowed mom, Kate, and her young daughter who escape their life in Atlanta for an adventure in a remote area of Southern Georgia called "Lost Lake".

Coyote Wind

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COYOTE WIND is the first in a series of mysteries based in rural Montana. Gabriel DuPre, a brand inspector who's heritage is French Indian, is reluctantly drawn into crime solving. In his spare time he plays fiddle in the local bar and juggles his lover, two teenage daughters and an assortment of eccentric friends and neighbors. Bowen's books are fast paced and full of humor and history.

The Power of One

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This is the story of Peekay, a South African boy of British origin, whose childhood is marked by trials and abandonment. His experience in a Dutch boarding school gives him the determination he later needs to become Welter Weight Champion of the World. Set after WWII, this story shows the many ways in which people affect our lives, but that ultimately it is the power of one that changes the world.

Let Him Go

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Rural, North Dakota, early 1950's -a retired sheriff returns home one day to find his wife packing for a trip. She is hoping that her husband will accompany her as she sets off to find her widowed daughter-in-law, who has remarried and taken their only grandson away. The new husband is abusive and part of a psycho family who have no intention of letting either of them leave. A well-written story of love and tragedy that will haunt you long after you have finished.

The Valley of Amazement

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Lulu owns and runs a courtesan business in Shanghai. Her daughter, Violet, lives there too and is fascinated by the lives of the glamorous women. When she is abandoned by her mother, Violet has no choice but to become a courtesan too. Luckily for her, she is taken under the wing of an older woman who helps her survive some very difficult times. Amy Tan brings China in the early 20th century to life, while presenting mother-daughter issues and the position and options of women at that time.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Book Cover

Another Gaiman book I did not want to put down! As the narrator travels back to his childhood lane, he is mysteriously drawn to the house at the end, the one with the Ocean, or as he calls it the little duck pond. His memories take us back to a time he spent with Lettie Hempstock, and two ladies she calls her mother and grandmother, which was so peculiar and magical yet almost believable. After a freak accident involving the family’s car, he meets the three magical Hempstock ladies, and the journey is full of strange happenings. Everywhere you look the unbelievable becomes believable, what seems like a normal pond is really a magical Ocean, and those who seem like a normal family living at the end of the lane are actually witches who have each lived through may lifetimes. The accident brings trouble, and the Hempstock women are just the people to take care of the vermin trouble.

Mrs Lincoln’s Dressmaker

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This is a thought-provoking historical fiction, giving readers a glimpse into the intimate lives of the Lincoln’s through the eyes of Elizabeth Keckley. Elizabeth, a former slave who used her skills that helped her buy her freedom, became a well-known dressmaker for the elite. One of which was none other than Mary Todd Lincoln. Elizabeth becomes Mary’s best friend and confidant, helping Mary through the good and the bad. A great story that makes you feel like you are right there with Elizabeth as all of the events unfold.

A tale for the time being

A tale for the time being Book Cover

A woman walking along the beach on an island in the remote Pacific Northwest, finds a Hello Kitty lunchbox containing a diary written by a young Japanese girl and other assorted items. She believes that it is part of the debris from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The diary is in English, the letters in Japanese. She wonders if the girl was killed in the disaster or committed suicide as implied in the diary. A very moving tale of the young girl and her life in Tokyo, her great-grandmother, a Zen Buddhist nun and her great-uncle, a Kamikaze pilot in WWII.

Afterwards

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A woman runs into a burning school to rescue her teenage daughter. Both are grievously injured and are in comas. They find each other as spirits and follow their family and friends as they try to discover who set the fire and why. It may sound weird but works amazingly well and you come to care deeply for all of the characters. It is a compelling study of mothers and daughters and what we all would do for those we love. This book will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

Joy for beginners

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This is a great chick book. Kate has survived cancer and the ensuing treatment. She is challenged by her friend Marion to celebrate her new lease on life by taking a river trip with her daughter. Kate is reticent but then Marion challenges all six of the friends to also do something that scares them. The reader follows each of the friends and their personal challenge.