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Library Corner by Gloria Kinley & Library Lines by Andrea Trembath

Library Corner March 29th

New Fiction 

What should have been a fun-filled, carefree day takes a tragic turn for the worse for one mother when her best friend's child goes missing in Heidi Perks new thriller called Her One Mistake.  It all started at the school fair...
Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet's daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame. Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface - and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter....

In the spring of 1944, I realized that I was not going to survive the war....Shtefan Brandt, adjutant to a colonel of the Waffen SS, has made it through the war so far in spite of his commander's habit of bringing his staff into combat, and a pair of secrets that are far more dangerous than the battlefield. Shtefan is a Mischling and one of the thousands of German citizens of Jewish descent who have avoided the death camps by concealing themselves in the ranks of the German army. And he is in love with Gabrielle Belmont, the colonel's French mistress. Either of those facts could soon mean his end, were Colonel Erich Himmel to notice. Colonel Himmel has other concerns, however. He can see the war's end on the horizon and recognizes that he is not on the winning side, no matter what the reports from Hitler's generals may say. So he has taken matters into his own hands, hatching a plot to escape Europe. To fund his new life, he plans to steal a fortune from the encroaching Allies. A fortune that Shtefan, in turn, plans to steal from  him...Atmospheric and intense, The Soul of a Thief, by Steven Hartov, captures the turbulent emotional rush of those caught behind the lines of occupied France, where one false step could spell death, and every day brings a new struggle to survive.
For some people in post - World War II Germany, the battle is not over. August 1945. As Stefano, an Italian POW, heads toward home across war-ravaged Germany, he encounters a young child beside his dead mother. Unable to leave him to an unknown fate, Stefano takes the boy with him, finding refuge in a seemingly abandoned house in a secluded woodland. But the house is far from vacant. Stefano wakes at the arrival of its owner, Erich, a former German soldier, who invites the travelers to stay until they can find safe passage home. Stefano cautiously agrees, intrigued by the disarming German, his reclusive neighbor Rosalind, and her traumatized husband, Georg. Stefano is also drawn to Monique, the girl in a photograph on Rosalind's wall, who went missing during the war. But when he discovers letters written by Monique, a darker truth emerges. This place of refuge could be one of reckoning, and the

Secrets of the past prevent the travelers from ever getting home. Trough the eyes of several intriguing characters, Gemma Liviero deftly weaves together a gripping tale called The Road Beyond Ruin.

A beguiling painting holds the secrets of a woman's past and calls into question everything she thought she knew about the man she loved...Nearly sixty years ago, renowned London artist Patrick Adams painted his most famous work: a portrait of his beloved Emma Temple, a fellow bohemian with whom he shared his life. Years after Patrick's death, ninety-year-old Emma still has the painting hanging over her bed at their country home as a testament to their love. To Emma's granddaughter, Laura, the portrait is also a symbol of so much to come. The masterpiece is serving as collateral to pay Laura's tuition at a prestigious music school. Then the impossible happens when an appraiser claims the painting is a fraud. For Laura, the accusation jeopardizes her future. For Emma, it casts doubt on everything she believed about her relationship with Patrick. Laura is determined to prove that Patrick did indeed paint the portrait. Both her grandmother's and Patrick's legacies are worth fighting for. As the stories of two women entwine, it's time for Emma to summon up the past - even at the risk of revealing its unspoken secrets. Ella Carey interweaves two woman’s lives and two eras in this passionate story of art, music, and the high cost of keeping secrets in her new novel called The Things We Don’t Say.

 New Non Fiction 

“I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road” Spoken by an effervescent woman of ageless spirit, these bold words inspire an unforgettable cross-country road trip. Traveling the U.S. in a thirty-six-foot motor home with her son Tim, his wife Ramie and their poodle Ringo, Miss Norma shows us it is never too late to live life to the fullest. Driving Miss Norma, by Tim Bauerschmiot, is the story of one family’s journey saying Yes to living.

Krista Law