Adult Fiction

The Unseen

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U.S. Marshal Kelsey O'Brien and Texas Ranger Logan Raintree are brought in to assist with the investigation of a serial killer in San Antonio. As they learn more it becomes clear that both have been selected for their abilities to communicate with the dead. The murders seem to have a connection with the Alamo and an incident that occurred at a historic hotel in the early 1800’s. As Kelsey and Logan investigate they receive some clues from apparitions. Graham does a superb job of interweaving Texas history, a romance, a modern day murder investigation, and some paranormal activity to create an interesting and absorbing tale.

The Snow Child

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Homesteaders in the Alaskan wilderness in the 1920's, Jack and Mabel live a quiet life of hard work and routine. They are still longing for a child and one snowy evening build a child out of snow. The next morning the child is gone but tiny footprints leading into the woods remain. The story develops with sightings and encounters and turns into a magical and meaningful tale of love and transformation.

The School of Essential Ingredients

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Bauermeister spent time in Italy with her family and picked up a love of “slow food.” Her descriptions of food and cooking will make your mouth water. This is the story of a chef, Lillian who has her own restaurant and offers Monday night cooking classes. Eight very different students gather for different reasons to learn to cook. The recipes they make come from the different needs and desires of the students. This book is a quick read and a treat for the soul.

The Night Circus

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Le Cirque des Rêves (The Circus of Dreams) arrives without warning. It is extraordinary, only open at night, and has no color except for black and white. The circus is the arena in which Celia and Marco compete. Bound in a deadly game while they were children, they must demonstrate their magical abilities within the circus with no clear rules and only one intended winner. Eventually, the two fall in love complicating the game. There are other memorable characters, each with their own role and story in relation to the circus. The book is hard to describe but will appeal to both adults and young adults that enjoy reading fantasy or books about magic with an unusual twist.

Death of the Mantis: A Detective Kubu Mystery

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When a group of bushmen in Botswana are accused of murdering a game ranger, Khumanego solicits the help of his childhood friend, Detective Kubu. Khumanego fears the bushmen will be wrongfully prosecuted due to prejudice against his people. The plot thickens as another similar murder takes place and may be linked to an earlier set of deaths in the same area. Detective Kubu unravels the mystery while facing the hardships of the Botswana desert. The likeability of Detective Kubu and the descriptions of the Botswana landscape, culture, and people make reading this book an entertaining and educational experience.

Johnny Got His Gun

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This is a harsh, honest, fast-moving and engaging book that will, hopefully, make you reconsider the principles of war. Joe loses all his limbs, his face: nose, eyes, mouth and his hearing. With no way to communicate he is left to contemplate his short 20 year life, how he got here and what future, if any, he has. The novel pulls you in as Joe contemplates everything from love and friendship to philosophy and morals. He creates an elaborate system to determine how much time passes, and more suspenseful, wonders if he will ever communicate with the outside world again. Most powerful, he contemplates the terrors of war that are kept far from public view; speaking of ‘The Great War’, but universal to those today: “anybody who went out and got into the front line trenches to fight for liberty was a goddamn fool and the guy who got him there was a liar”.

One Summer

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This is book is about a man Jack, who has served our country in the Middle East and survived , yet he has developed a terminal illness and is not supposed to live past the holidays. Most of his life was spent traveling which left little time to develop a relationship with his kids. He has already written letters to his wife (Lizzie) and kids to be opened upon his death. Then on Christmas Eve, his wife goes out in an ice storm to pick up his medicine and dies in a car accident and the miracle happens! He then begins to recover from his illness and is determined to begin a new life with starting to be a better dad. Unfortunately his mother in law has other plans to raise her grandchildren so the battle begins to rebuild his family. Enjoy the journey from Ohio to a small town in South Carolina where Jack begins to rebuild his family and finds himself in love again. One would think this book was written by a female by the way it is written.

The Christmas Wedding

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The Christmas Wedding is not your typical Patterson book. It is a brief magical story about, Gabby Summerhill, whose husband died three years ago and her four children who have not been together since the death of their father. One day Gabby calls all four children (who each have their own share of problems) with the news of her upcoming wedding on Christmas day. She asks them to be with her on this special day to marry the man of her dreams who has not been named to anyone. She also has one more gift to give them all when they arrive for the special occasion. The authors take the reader through several twists along the way before discovering who the groom will be.

Nightwoods : a novel

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Written by the author of Cold Mountain, this novel takes place in the same area of N. Carolina but in the early 1950's. Living in an abandoned rural lodge, Lure is a young woman suddenly in the position to raise sister's young twins. Neither of them has spoken a word since witnessing their mother's brutal murder. Their father is aquitted and released from jail and the novel becomes a story of suspense. Frazier has a powerful ability to depict sights and sounds of the Carolina backwoods and uses fire and water as important themes. Nightwoods moves quickly to a satisfying conclusion.

One Thousand White Women : the Journals of May Dodd

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A fascinating story about May Dodd, a bright and cultured young woman living in the late 1800’s who was ahead of her time. Through a government program called “Brides for Indians” she gets sent to live with the Cheyenne Indians and tries to adopt their culture while still being true to herself. The author does an excellent job of combining history with an intriguing and imaginative story that was easy to read and hard to put down.