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Library News by Gloria Kinley & Stacey Shackel

Library Corner June 7th

New Fiction

A page-turning debut of suspense from author Lucinda Berry called The Perfect Child about a young couple desperate to have a child of their own - and the unsettling consequences of getting what they always wanted.
Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that's missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own. But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie's true nature. Hannah knows that Janie is manipulating Christopher and isolating him from her, despite Hannah's attempts to bring them all together. But as Janie's behavior threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie's past may be enough to push them all over the edge.

How well do you really know the one you love the most? This is a story about a married couple written by Samantha Downing called My Lovely Wife. They met, fell in love, had two beautiful children. So far, so ordinary. But they have a very dark secret. It's a story with a twist. And then another. And then another. You might think you've read stories like this before. You'd be wrong. By the end of the first chapter you'll be hooked. After fifty pages you might not sleep until you finish. And when you read the very last line, you'll ask yourself one question: How well do you really know the person you love most?

Fifteen-year-old Ilya arrives in Louisiana from his native Russia for what should be the adventure of his life: a year in America as an exchange student. The abundance of his new world - the super Walmarts and heated pools and enormous televisions - is as hard to fathom as the relentless cheerfulness of his host parents. And Sadie, their beautiful and enigmatic daughter, has miraculously taken an interest in him. But all is not right in Ilya's world: He's consumed by the fate of his older brother, Vladimir, the magnetic rebel to Ilya's dutiful wunderkind, back in their tiny Russian hometown. The two have always been close, spending their days dreaming of escaping to America. But when Ilya was tapped for the exchange, Vladimir disappeared into their town's seedy, drug-plagued underworld. Just before Ilya left, the murders of three young women rocked the town's usual calm, and Vladimir found himself in prison. With the help of Sadie, who has secrets of her own, Ilya embarks on a mission to prove Vladimir's innocence. Piecing together the timeline of the murders and Vladimir's descent into addiction, Ilya discovers the radical lengths to which Vladimir has gone to protect him - a truth he could only have learned by leaving him behind. A rich tale of belonging and the pull of homes both native and adopted, Lights All Night Long, By author Lydia Fitzpatrick, is a spellbinding story of the fierce bond between brothers determined to find a way back to each other.

Embracing the future means remembering the past....When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she's a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile, a mysterious letter arrives informing her she's inherited a house along Florida's Northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn't remember that, either. Decades earlier, widow,  Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share. Fifty years separate the women, but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House written by Rachel Hauck.

New Non Fiction

In The Happiness Equation Neil Pasricha illustrates how to want nothing, do anything, and have everything. It sounds like a contradiction: you simply haven’t unlocked the 9 secrets to happiness. This book will teach you : why success doesn’t lead to happiness; how to make more money that a Harvard MBA; why multitasking is a myth; and how eliminating options leads to more choice. Also this book will change how you think about everything; your time; your career, your relationships, your family and ultimately your happiness.

Krista Law