Jun 23

Series Saturday - Author Spotlight

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 4:57 PM by Lindsey Schmidt

This week's Series Saturday is not about a series. It's about an author who doesn't write series but is an excellent summer read - Jane Green!

Jane Green has written over two dozen books in the last 20 years! She was born in London and was a journalist for much of her career before turning to novels. Some consider her the queen of women's fiction - Jessica is among them! Don't let "women's fiction" turn you off from her books - Green has an incredible talent for creating realistic characters with shameful flaws that only makes you love them more! All of her novels are either set in England or have an English protagonist. We hope you enjoy these excellent and intriguing summer reads! Here's the list of books we carry and a brief Goodreads summary of each:

The Sunshine Sisters
The Sunshine Sisters
The New York Times bestselling author of Falling presents a warm, wise, and wonderfully vivid novel about a mother who asks her three estranged daughters to come home to help her end her life.

To Have and To Hold
To Have and To Hold
What happens when your Prince Charming turns out not to be so charming after all? In To Have and To Hold, bestselling author Jane Green offers a sizzling, highly entertaining look at romantic relationships after we say “I do.” 

Tempting Fate
Tempting Fate
From Jane Green, the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved novels as Jemima JThe Beach HouseAnother Piece of My Heart, comes an enthralling and emotional story about how much we really understand the temptations that can threaten even the most idyllic of relationships….

Swapping Lives
Swapping Lives
A must-read for every modern woman who's ever considered the road not taken, Swapping Lives is a warm and realistic chronicle of two women who do more than wonder if the grass is greener on the other side of the Atlantic.

Summer Secrets
Summer Secrets
Jane Green delivers her second blockbuster novel of 2015, a story of one woman struggling to right the wrongs of her past, with even more complications in the present.

Second Chance
Second Chance
Jane Green has become a nationally bestselling author with legions of fans through her novels about the true-life dilemmas of real women—their relationships, their careers, their loves, their triumphs and disappointments. In her latest book, Green tells the story of a group of people who haven’t seen each other since they were best friends at school. When one of them dies in a terrible tragedy, the reunited friends work through their grief together and find that each of their lives is impacted in ways they could have never foreseen. Warm, witty, and as wise as ever, this is a story of friendship, of family, and of life coming full circle.

Saving Grace
Saving Grace
Powerful and riveting, Jane Green's Saving Grace will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Grace on her harrowing journey to rock bottom and back.

Promises to Keep
Promises to Keep
Callie Perry lights up every room she enters, and adores her settled family life in tony Bedford, New York. Steffi is Callie's younger sister. At thirty, she's still a free spirit bouncing between jobs and boyfriends in Manhattan. Their long-divorced parents, Walter and Honor, share little besides their grown daughters. But when Callie receives a difficult diagnosis, the family will come together for one unforgettable and ultimately life-changing year.

Family Pictures
Family Pictures
From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They're both in their forties and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart. As dark truths from the past reveal themselves, will these two women be able to learn to forgive, for the sake of their children, if not for themselves?

Falling
Fallling
The New York Times bestselling author of The Beach HouseJemima J, and Summer Secrets presents a novel about the pleasure and meaning of finding a home—and family—where you least expect them. In a novel of changing seasons, shifting lives, and selfless love, a story unfolds—of one woman’s far-reaching journey to discover who she is truly meant to be…

Dune Road
Dune Road
Her latest gem, Dune Road, is set in tony Highfield, Connecticut, where recent divorcee Kit Hargrove has joyfully exchanged the requisite diamond studs and Persian rugs of a Wall Street Widow for a clapboard Cape with sea-green shutters and sprawling impatiens. Her kids are content, her ex cooperative, and each morning she wakes up to her dream job: assisting the blockbuster novelist Robert McClore. Then an unexpected series of events forces Kit to realize that her blissfully constructed idyll and blossoming new romance aren't as perfect as she thought. 

Beach House
Beach House
Nan Powell is a free-spirited, sixty-five-year-old widow who's not above skinny-dipping in her neighbors' pools when they're away and who dearly loves her Nantucket home. But when she discovers that the money she thought would last forever is dwindling, she realizes she must make drastic changes to save her beloved house. So Nan takes out an ad: Rooms to rent for the summer in a beautiful old Nantucket home with water views and direct access to the beach.
Slowly people start moving in to the house, filling it with noise, laughter, and with tears. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family and friends expanding. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside down. 

Babyville
Babyville
Meet Julia, a wildly successful television producer who appears to have the picture-perfect life. But beneath the surface, things are not as perfect as they seem. Stuck in a loveless relationship with her boyfriend, Mark, Julia thinks a baby is the answer . . . but she may want a baby more than she wants her boyfriend. Will a trip to New York City with a jet-setting friend—and all the glittering energy and eligible men the city brings—help her discover what she really needs? 
Maeve, on the other hand, is allergic to commitment. A feisty, red-haired, high-power career girl, she cherishes her ability to do just as she pleases and breaks out in a rash every time she passes a stroller. But when her no-strings-attached nightlife leads to an unexpected pregnancy, her reaction may be just as unexpected.And then there’s Samantha—happily married and eager to be the perfect June Cleaveresque mother. But baby George brings only exhaustion, extra pounds, and marital strife to her once tidy life. Is having an affair with a friend’s incredibly sexy husband the answer?


Another Piece of my Heart
Another Piece of My Heart
From The New York Times bestselling author of Jemima J and The Beach House comes Jane Green’s most emotional and powerful novel yet:  a story that explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready-made family.

?We hope you found something to enjoy this summer! 
Jun 02

Series Saturday: The Missing Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 4:48 PM by Lindsey Schmidt

The Missing
With the school year ending, parents might have a hard time getting their kids to read this summer. We hope that we can help with that! So we're bringing back Series Saturday and spotlighting Margaret Peterson Haddix's The Missing series. 

Genre: 
Science Fiction, Tween, Adventure, Historical

Location in Howard Miller:
Tween, TWEEN HADDIX

Meet the Characters: 
?Jonah has always known that he was adopted. His adoptive parents believe that being open with him is the best way for him to process his identity. He enjoys his life, even if his sister Katherine (a "miracle" baby born a year after his adoption) is the most annoying person in the world! So he cannot understand his new friend Chip's reaction to finding out he was adopted as well. Chip is angry and then frightened when both he and Jonah receive anonymous letters telling them that they are "the missing." Jonah is logical while Chip and Katherine are impulsive, making the trio an odd team in their mission to discover who sent the letters. They quickly realize there are more "missing" and that they're all being gathered in their town for some unknown reason... 

Number in the Series:
There are 8 books in the series.

  1. Found
  2. Sent
  3. Sabotaged
  4. Torn
  5. Caught
  6. Risked
  7. Revealed
  8. Redeemed


Final Word: 
This series is difficult to describe without giving away the main twist of the first book, but we'll try! This series is about a group of adopted children who end up in a tri-city area of Ohio, seemingly brought there by fate. Then the anonymous notes start arriving. Jonah, Chip, and Katherine decide to investigate the notes and their past. Their investigation leads them to the F.B.I., but this creates more questions than answers. Were these children given up for adoption, or stolen from their parents? These books are not as dark as the covers imply and they are not scary. They're just well-written Tween science fiction books that will capture the imagination of children from 4th grade and older! 

May 14

Happy Mother's Day 2017!

Posted on May 14, 2017 at 12:00 AM by Lindsey Schmidt

We would like to wish all the wonderful mothers of the community a wonderful Mother's Day! It's a delight to be a small part of your family's life. The library has been a place to create memories - whether you're nurturing a love for reading, listening to story time, finding the next family movie, or participating in a library event :D Thank you for including us and we hope to see you and your families creating memories for next year!

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