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Library Corner by Gloria Kinley & Library Lines by Andrea Trembath

Library Corner May 25th

New Fiction

What first appears to be a random home invasion reveals a family's dark secrets in this domestic ticking-clock suspense novel called The Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding. A hostile relationship with her sister and a complicated past with her father's second wife have kept Robin estranged from her family for many years. But when her father's new family is attacked in their house, with her father and his wife in critical condition in the hospital, she returns home determined to put her experience as a therapist to use to help mend fences and care for her young stepsister, who survived the attack relatively unscathed. It looks like a random robbery gone awry, but as Robin spends more time with her family members, she learns they all had their secrets - and one of those secrets may have put them all in horrible danger.

Three women of different generations gather at a house in Summer Hill, Virginia to discuss their marriages and look at how they'd do things differently if they could do it all over again. Olivia is in her 60s and recently married her first love after 40 years apart. Her first marriage was long and unhappy and she is thrilled to finally be with the man she's always loved. Kathy is in her 40s and is married to a handsome, successful businessman. She is a great business partner for him but he is passionately in love with a woman from his past. Kathy wants to stand on her own in business and regrets ever marrying her husband. Elise is in her 20s and is married to the man her wealthy parents chose for her. She has tried everything to get her husband to pay attention to her but she is certain he is having an affair. When she discovers the truth - that he has a pregnant mistress - her life falls apart. All three women share their regrets, their wishes and their dreams and find themselves with the opportunity to start again. All three discover what happens if their wishes really could come true in Jude Deveraux’s book As You wish.

A love worth fighting for... Events planner Felicity MacGregor might know how to throw the perfect party, but her love life is a complete mess! And when her childhood sweetheart, Gabriel Flanagan arrives back in town, she knows it's only a matter of time before she'll have to face him... Now a high-flying businessman, Gabe is even more handsome than Felicity remembered! Years may have passed since they last saw one another, but their reunion is stirring up long-buried emotions. Will they be able to forget the past and fight for their future, together?

A heartwarming romance from author Carla Neggers, called The River House.

Spring 1940. During the months following Britain's declaration of war on Germany, Maisie Dobbs investigates the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract. As news of the plight of thousands of soldiers stranded on the beaches of France is gradually revealed to the general public, and the threat of invasion rises, another young man beloved by Maisie makes a terrible decision that will change his life forever. Maisie's investigation leads her from the countryside of rural Hampshire to the web of wartime opportunism exploited by one of the London underworld's most powerful men, in a case that serves as a reminder of the inextricable link between money and war. Yet when a final confrontation approaches, she must acknowledge the potential cost to her future - and the risk of destroying a dream she wants very much to become reality. To die But Once written by Jacqueline Winspear’s sure hand and ability to meld historical events into an engaging crime narrative. Fans will savor this one as they anticipate what Maisie will do in WWII.

New Non Fiction

When the young Princess Elizabeth met and fell in love with Prince Phillip of Greece, it wasn’t without its problems. But their romance and their magnificent wedding in November 1947 symbolized a bright new era after the traumas of the Second World War and the austerity that followed. In the seventy years since, their commitment and love for each other have been constants in the life of the nation. My Husband and I, by Ingrid Seward, tells the compelling story of how the early freedom they enjoyed was taken from them when George VI died and Elizabeth became Queen. Despite all of  the problems they have faced over the years, the Queen and Prince Phillip continue to inspire all around them with their selfless devotion to duty, their sense of humor and their outgoing respect and love for one another.

Krista Law