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Book Lovers Circle January

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors
A debut novel, full of psychological suspense. Grace, who seems to have the perfect marriage with a handsome, attentive husband who is an attorney, is a stay at home wife. Behind the closed doors of her home, she is never let out alone, has not computer or e mail, and her husband installed locking shutters on the bottom floor of their home. Grace tells her story, shifting back and forth from past to present, which is a great device to heighten the suspense. The suspense does build, and the novel has a very fitting diabolical and satisfying ending. Check Our Catalog

Behind Her Eyes

Behind Her Eyes
Another novel of psychological suspense. Adele is married to Davie, a psychiatrist, who begins an affair with a single mother who works for him. The story is told from the viewpoints of Adele and Louise, with some flashbacks thrown in which serve to provide some of the clues as to what is going on. Slowly, the plot starts to thicken-in ways you would never expect. The author takes her time in giving out the clues, and slowly some of the puzzle pieces fall into place. The ending is unexpected, but it did fit into the climate that the author created in this book. Check Our Catalog

The Blind Astronomer's Daughter

The Blind Astronomer's Daughter
Caroline's astronomer father commits suicide after a rival astronomer has located a new planet before he did. Caroline has to leave her home in Ireland, where she is in love with the local blacksmith, and leaves for London, where she gets back into the world of science, and uses her father's research to continue to search for a new planet. This is thorough historical fiction, incorporating the science of the times with the changes in society and the Irish rebellion. Check Our Catalog

Faithful

Faithful
Shelby survives a terrible auto crash during her high school years. She survives, but she is smothered in guilt over the fact that her best friend is in a comatose state. Shelby has to overcome depression that keeps her hiding from the world in a room in her family's basement, from which she slowly emerges to go the New York City to struggle to return to a life worth living. And slowly and beautifully, she does. Hoffman is a wonderful writer, and you will root for Shelby's success. Check Our Catalog

Girl From Venice

Girl From Venice
This is a World War II love story with large doses of historical fiction. It is Venice in 1945, a city still occupied by the Nazis. A fisherman finds a girl floating in the lagoon, and discovers she is still alive and the alt surviving member of her Jewish family. He decides to protect her instead of turning her in, and intrigue, drama with lots of twists and turns-and romance, ensues. Check Our Catalog

Harmony

Harmony
Alexandra and her husband Josh have tried everything to reach their daughter, Tillie, who, at 13, has behavioral issues is falls somewhere on the autism "spectrum." Alexandra is connected with a self-professed expert in this area on the internet, and her convinces her and several other families to invest in a camp, Camp Harmony, where they will bring in other families and live together to deal with their issues. At first, Scott Bean seems to be working wonders with the children, but then problems emerge-and a more troubling side of Scott's character emerges as well. The story is told from the point of view of Alexandra and her younger, "normal" eleven year old daughter, Iris, with occasional commentary from Tillie. The best part of this book is the story as seen through Iris's eyes. Check Our Catalog

News of the World

News of the World
Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an ex-soldier, now makes his living by going from town to town in the Old West, and reading the newspapers to the illiterate townspeople. He is asked to take on the additional job of delivering an orphan, Johanna, who had been orphaned at age 6 and raised by the Kiowa Indians. Now that she is rescued by the US Army, Capt Kidd is to take her back to an aunt and uncle. Johanna. who understands no English, so begins an unlikely adventure with an unlikely hero. Check Our Catalog

On Living

On Living
Kerry Egan is a hospice chaplain, and in her short, readable book, she discusses her work with her clients and the many life lessons they have taught her, as they are entering the end of their lives. Who better to teach us how to live than those who are facing numbered amounts of time, and who can let us know how best to get the most our of each moment? Check Our Catalog

Rich and Pretty

Rich and Pretty
Two young women who were best friends for over 20 years, try to keep the connection going, even as their lives make it more difficult. This is a witty and clever novel, with the voices of the two women really sounding true. Check Our Catalog

Serious Sweet

Serious Sweet
This award winning British novelist has re-created a day in the life to two older singles who try to connect with each other over a hectic day. During the time it takes for Jon and Meg to finally meet, the author has lots of time to fill in the back story, with a lot of other interesting characters who have helped make Meg and Jon the people they are now. The plot is fairly simple-it's the people you meet along the way that makes this novel so interesting. Check Our Catalog



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