THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

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THIS BOOK HAD THE LONGEST WAITING LIST I’VE EVER SEEN AT THE LIBRARY (462) BUT THEY HAD 70 COPIES SO I GOT IT FAIRLY QUICKLY – MAYBE WAITED 6 WEEKS!  AND I DIDN’T REALIZE IT WAS A MURDER MYSTERY!

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN WAS A GREAT READ MAINLY ABOUT RACHEL WHO RIDES THE SAME TRAIN EVERY DAY.  THE TRAIN STOPS EACH DAY AND SHE CAN SEE IN THE HOUSES OR WATCH THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE SO SHE WEAVES STORIES ABOUT THEIR LIVES AND GIVES THEM NAMES.  TURNS OUT RACHEL IS AN ALCOHOLIC AND HER STORIES ARE THE FARTHEST FROM TRUE.  THE HAPPY STORIES ARE SIMILAR TO THE POSTS YOU SEE ON FACEBOOK.  WE POST ONLY THE BEST IN OUR LIVES BUT THERE IS REAL LIFE BEHIND ALL THOSE BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS AND POSTS.  REAL LIFE INCLUDES CHEATING HUSBANDS AND WIVES, MENTAL ILLNESS, DEPRESSION, SCREAMING BABIES, ABUSE AND YES, EVEN MURDER!  IN A DRUNKEN STUPOR RACHEL LITERALLY STUMBLES UPON THE MURDERER BUT CAN’T REMEMBER THE NIGHT AT ALL.  IT IS ONLY LATER, IN A MOMENT OF CLARITY THAT SHE REALIZES WHO THE KILLER IS.  YOU’LL LOVE THE READ AND ENJOY THE CHARACTERS AND HOPE AND PRAY THAT YOUR LIFE NEVER BECOMES SUCH AN ENTANGLED WEB!

HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN!

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.”—The New York Times

“Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages.”—The Boston Globe

Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller.”—People

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

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IDENTITY X

IDENTITY X

IDENTITY X IS THE STORY OF A SCIENTIST WHO FINDS THE CURE FOR GENETIC DISEASE USING A SERUM THAT IS ABLE TO RECONSTRUCT DNA.  DRIVEN BY WATCHING HIS FATHER SUCCUMB TO HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE AND UNDERSTANDING THAT HIS SON WILL FACE THE SAME FATE, HE SPENDS ENDLESS HOURS IN THE LABORATORY PERFECTING THE SERUM.  AFTER 4 LONG YEARS HE IS SUCCESSFUL BUT THEN HIS WORLD TURNS UPSIDE DOWN NO ONE IS WHO THEY SEEM TO BE – EVEN HIS WIFE AND HIS BEST FRIEND – IT IS A HORRIBLE PLOT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO BUILD AN INDESTRUCTIBLE ARMY.  HOW CAN BEN SURVIVE AND WHAT BECOMES OF HIS FAMILY??

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

How are you supposed to survive when you are already dead?

Ben Stone has one aim; discover the cure for genetic disease. He watched his father die and promised himself that it would never happen again, especially to his own son. After his appointment as lead researcher in Bionics Laboratories he begins his desperate research. It takes four years, but he succeeds. He discovers NEMREC, a serum able to reconstruct DNA and cure the diseases that have driven him. It should be the beginning of a new future, but by changing the face of the world, he has unwittingly destroyed his own.

His world falls apart

After arriving at his laboratory to find that it has disappeared, he is sucked into a world of conspiracy and betrayal. The Agency wants NEMREC and will do anything to get it, believing it to be the most powerful scientific discovery in decades. But it wasn’t just NEMREC that they wanted. The Agency wanted Ben dead, but somehow he survived. His best friend, his wife, and Ami, the beautiful scientist who he has fallen for at work all offer to help him, but each has a different version of the truth. They all have their own agenda, only one of them wants what he wants, and in a world where you are already dead, how is it that you are supposed to survive?

 

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HEART AND SOUL

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THIS IS A VERY QUAINT TALE TOLD IN MAEVE BINCHY STYLE WHERE YOU JUST GROW TO LOVE THE CHARACTERS (OR LOATHE THEM)!  EVERYONE IS SEARCHING FOR HAPPINESS AND MANY FIND IT PERHAPS NOT IN THE PLACES YOU WOULD EXPECT.

THE STORIES REVOLVE AROUND THE HEART CLINIC THAT THRIVES IN A COMMUNITY IN IRELAND.  IT IS ABOUT THE DOCTOR WHO RUNS THE CLINIC AND THE PEERS SHE WORKS WITH, THE PATIENTS WHO ARE LEARNING TO LIVE WITH HEART DISEASE, AND EVEN COMMUNITY MEMBERS LIKE THE PREACHER AND THE PHARMACIST.  MY FAVORITE IS ANIA, WHO IS A YOUNG POLISH GIRL WHO IS SO EXCITED TO HAVE A JOB AT THE CLINIC SO SHE CAN SEND MONEY BACK TO HER MOTHER IN POLAND.  SHE WORKS MANY OTHER JOBS ABOUT TOWN TO EARN AS MUCH AS SHE CAN.  BECAUSE SHE DOES MANY MENIAL JOBS, ANIA IS DEEMED UNWORTHY OF THE SON OF ONE OF THE HEART PATIENTS PARENTS.  OF COURSE THE SON IS SMITTEN WITH ANIA – YOU WILL BE TOO.

THE STORY IS INNOCENT, ROMANTIC, FUN AND HEART WARMING!

JACKET BLURB:

With the insight, humor, and compassion we have come to expect from her, Maeve Binchy tells a story of family, friends, patients, and staff who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old and the new Ireland.

Dr. Clara Casey has been offered the thankless job of establishing the underfunded clinic and agrees to take it on for a year. She has plenty on her plate already–two difficult adult daughters and the unwanted attentions of her ex-husband–but she assembles a wonderfully diverse staff devoted to helping their demanding, often difficult patients.

Before long the clinic is established as an essential part of the community, and Clara must decide whether or not to leave a place where lives are saved, courage is rewarded, and humor and optimism triumph over greed and self-pity.

Heart and Soul is Maeve Binchy at her storytelling best.

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THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS

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THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS WAS A GREAT READ ABOUT VICTORIA, A CHILD ABANDONED BY HER MOTHER AT BIRTH WHO GREW UP IN THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM.  HER FINAL PLACEMENT IS WHERE SHE LEARNS ABOUT THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS BUT SHE IS NOT ADOPTED.  AT THE AGE OF 18 SHE IS TURNED OVER TO A HALF-WAY HOUSE WHERE SHE HAS 12 WEEKS TO GET A JOB AND BEGIN PAYING FOR HER ROOM.  THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN AND SHE ENDS UP ON THE STREET, LIVING IN A PARK, GROWING A GARDEN, LEARNING TO EAT LEFT-OVERS FROM PATRONS OF RESTAURANTS.  BUT LIFE CHANGES WHEN SHE DECIDES TO APPLY FOR A JOB AT A FLORIST AND HER KNOWLEDGE OF FLOWERS TAKES ROOT!  IT IS AN AWESOME STORY ABOUT A GIRL WHO LEARNS TO LOVE…

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

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THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF GREG MILLAR

THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF GREG MILLAR MOVED ME TO TEARS.  I WASN’T EXPECTING A ROMANCE AND I CERTAINLY WASN’T EXPECTING THAT GREG’S “HIGH” WAS ANYTHING BUT DRUGS.  WHEN I DISCOVER IT IS THE HIGH OF BIPOLAR DISEASE I AGAIN REALIZE HOW MENTAL ILLNESS AFFECTS SO MANY AND THAT SO MANY DON’T GET PROPER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT.  IT TAKES A CARING AND LOVING INDIVIDUAL LIKE LUCY TO SUPPORT GREG AND GET HIM THE HELP HE NEEDS WHILE CARING FOR HIS CHILDREN WHO CAN’T STAND HER!  THE “NANNY” IS A HUGE PROBLEM WHO MAKES BOTH GREG AND LUCY FIGHT FOR EVERYTHING THAT IS IMPORTANT TO THEM IN A COURT OF LAW.

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From the best selling author of Pause to Rewind comes this moving family drama about the lengths we go to for the people we love.

Lucy Arigho is not the sort of woman to be swept off her feet. She is sober, career-minded and numb since the death of her fiancé. So it’s completely out of character for her to race a man in traffic – and even more unusual when they meet again and she is irritated, intrigued and finally enraptured by the driver, writer Greg Millar. Within eight weeks, she is seriously considering his pleas to marry him and wondering if she can take on his two motherless children. But before she can make a decision about becoming part of Greg’s world, events plunge her right into it. Her careful existence is shattered as she has to figure out how to handle two vulnerable children and face the fact that she doesn’t really know the man whose life has so overwhelmed hers.

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THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY

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OF COURSE IT IS THE TITLE THAT GRABS YOU!  THE STORY BEHIND THE TITLE IS GREAT IN ITSELF!  THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY WAS MENTIONED IN A PUBLISHER’S REVIEW OF LETTERS FROM SKYE WHICH WAS A VERY SIMILAR BOOK THAT I ENJOYED.  BOTH WERE LETTERS WRITTEN BY PEOPLE LIVING THROUGH WORLD WAR AND GERMAN OCCUPATION. BOTH HAD SOME ROMANCE WOVEN INTO THE STORY AND BOTH AUTHORS TRAVELED TO MEET THEIR ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENTS AND THEIR COHORTS. I ESPECIALLY LIKED THE CHARACTER ELIZABETH WHO WAS STRONG, FOUNDED THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY AND BECAME A HEROIN. IT IS A WONDERFUL TALE AND A GREAT READ!  DON’T MISS IT!

HERE IS WHAT THE BOOK COVER HAS TO SAY:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends–and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society–born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island–boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

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THE STORIED LIFE OF A. J. FIKRY

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THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY WAS A WONDERFUL STORY OF A CROTCHETY BOOKSTORE OWNER.  HE IS SET IN HIS WAYS AND NONE TOO PLEASANT.  HE HAS REASON TO BE AN OLD GRUMP. HE IS GRIEVING THE LOSS OF HIS WIFE, HE DRINKS HIMSELF TO OBLIVION MOST NIGHTS AND NOW SOMEONE HAS STOLEN A RARE BOOK HE WAS SAVING AS A NEST EGG TO PAY FOR HIS RETIREMENT.  HOWEVER, AS IN MOST PEOPLE’S LIVES, THERE IS A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE THAT SETS A. J. ON A NEW COURSE.  THE DELIVERY OF A SMALL PACKAGE TO THE BOOK STORE JUST AFTER HOURS IS THAT MOMENT FOR A. J. WHAT HE DOES WITH THAT PACKAGE IS TRULY SURPRISING JUST LOVED THIS STORY!!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT: 

“Funny, tender, and moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry reminds us all exactly why we read and why we love.”*

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over–and see everything anew.

“This novel has humor, romance, a touch of suspense, but most of all love–love of books and bookish people and, really, all of humanity in its imperfect glory.” —Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child

“Marvelously optimistic about the future of books and bookstores and the people who love both.” —The Washington Post

“Readers who delighted in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and Letters from Skye will be equally  captivated by this novel.” —*Library Journal, starred review

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PASSING THROUGH PERFECT

PASSING THROUGH PERFECT

I WAS AMAZED AND HONORED TO BE APPROACHED BY BETTE LEE CROSBY HERSELF TO REVIEW MORE OF HER NOVELS FOLLOWING A REVIEW I DID ON SPARE CHANGE (THE WYATTSVILLE SERIES BOOK 1).  HER PUBLISHER PROVIDED ME WITH AN ADVANCED READING COPY OF BOOK 3 IN THE SERIES, PASSING THROUGH PERFECT.  I FOUND IT HARD TO PUT DOWN EVEN ON THANKSGIVING DAY DURING ALL THE FESTIVITIES!

PASSING THROUGH PERFECT IS A HEARTWARMING STORY ABOUT THE NEGRO STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY IN THE SOUTH FOLLOWING WWII.  BENJAMIN AND DELIA HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME BEGINNING THEIR LIFE TOGETHER IN GRINDER’S COVE, ALABAMA.  DISOWNED BY DELIA’S PREACHER FATHER AND SUFFERING FROM THE DEATH OF A BABY IN CHILDBIRTH, THE COUPLE IS LUCKY TO HAVE SEVERAL PLENTIFUL YEARS OF FARMING ON THEIR SIDE.  HOWEVER, PREJUDICES ABOUND IN THE NEAREST TOWN WHERE “NO NEGROES” SIGNS ARE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED IN MANY STOREFRONTS AND RESTAURANTS.  DELIA LONGS FOR A BETTER LIFE UP NORTH.

THE FARMING DRIES UP AND WHEN A DRUNK WHITE MAN RUNS DOWN WHAT BENJAMIN HAS LEFT OF A FAMILY AND THE SHERIFF REFUSES TO BRING THE MAN TO JUSTICE, BENJAMIN DECIDES TO HEED DELIA’S ADVICE TO SEARCH FOR A BETTER LIFE UP NORTH.  ALONG THE WAY BENJAMIN PROVES TO BE A MAN OF CHARACTER, DESPITE HIS COLOR, BY SAVING A MAN’S LIFE.  THIS IS THE TURNING POINT FOR BENJAMIN.  THERE ARE STILL STRUGGLES AHEAD BUT LIFE BEGINS ANEWIT IS TRUE, “FOLKS DON’T LIVE IN PERFECT, THEY JUST GET TO PASS THROUGH EVERY SO OFTEN.”

THIS IS A STORY YOU WILL TRULY LOVE!

 PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

FROM A USA TODAY BEST SELLING AUTHOR COMES A STORY RIFE WITH THE INJUSTICES OF THE SOUTH AND RICH WITH THE COMPASSION OF STRANGERS…Book 3 in the Award-Winning Wyattsville Series.

It’s 1946. The war is over. Millions of American soldiers are coming home and Benjamin Church is one of them. After four years of being away he thought things in Alabama would have changed, but they haven’t. Grinder’s Corner is as it’s always been—a hardscrabble burp in the road. It’s not much, but it’s home.

When Benjamin attends a harvest festival in Twin Pines, he catches sight of Delia. Before their first dance ends, he knows for certain she’s the one. They fall madly in love; happily, impatiently, imprudently, in love. It doesn’t matter that her daddy is staunchly opposed to the thought of his daughter marrying a cotton farmer, never mind a poor one.

It’s true Benjamin has little to offer; he’s a sharecropper who will spend his whole life sweating and slaving to do little more than put food on the table. But that’s how things are in Alabama. Benjamin is better off than most; he has a wife, a boy he adores, and a house that doesn’t leak rain. Yes, Benjamin considers himself a lucky man until the fateful night that changes everything.

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GRAY MOUNTAIN

GRAY MOUNTAIN

JOHN GRISHAM WEAVES A WONDERFUL TALE IN GRAY MOUNTAIN.  SAMANTHA HASN’T TAKEN ON AN ACTUAL LAWSUIT UNTIL HER HIGH-PACED WALL STREET CAREER CRASHES AND SHE TAKES ON A JOB IN BRADY, VIRGINIA IN A LEGAL AID CLINIC.  HERE SHE LEARNS ABOUT THE BIG OIL COMPANIES AND HOW THEIR MINING IS DESTROYING THE PRISTINE APPALACHIAN LANDSCAPE.   THEY ARE ALSO HARMING THE ENVIRONMENT BY DUMPING TOXIC CHEMICALS INTO THE EARTH THAT EVENTUALLY SEEPS INTO THE WATER OF THE NEARBY RESIDENTS.  THIS IS CAUSING HIGH CANCER RATES AND DEATH IS RAMPANTWILL SHE TAKE ON THE OIL COMPANIES FOR THE RESIDENTS IN BRADY VIRGINIA OR RUN BACK TO  HER HIGH POWER JOB IN NYC?!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.

In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.

Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.

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THE SILENT SISTER

THE SILENT SISTER

A GOODREADS NEW RELEASE!  AND IT WAS A GOOD READ!  RETURNING TO HER HOME TOWN OF NEW BERN, NORTH CAROLINA, RILEY MACPHERSON IS OVERWHELMED WITH THE TASK OF CLEANING OUT HER FATHER’S HOME AFTER HIS DEATH.  SHE BEGINS TO FIND CLUES THAT MAKE HER QUESTION HER LIFE AND IN EXECUTING THE WILL SHE MEETS PEOPLE THAT WERE VERY IMPORTANT TO HER FATHER BUT RILEY HAS NO IDEA WHY.  DIANE CHAMBERLAIN WEAVES A TALE THAT UNFOLDS INTO A TRUE GEM!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager.  Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary.  Lisa is alive.  Alive and living under a new identity.  But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?  As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family.  Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing mystery from international bestselling author Diane Chamberlain.

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