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Adult Fiction

 

Sea House

By Elisabeth Gifford

(Adult Fiction)

The main characters all have things that are haunting them. Ruth has a traumatic childhood that gives her nightmares.  The Rev. Ferguson wonders if the tales of selkies – mermaids and seal people – are true.  Moira’s family was evicted from their home by a cruel landowner. The Rev. and Moira lived in the 1860’s and Ruth is in the present, but their lives intertwine as each tells their tale in this arresting novel  Ruth and her husband purchase the Sea House in Scotland and make a startling discovery; the skeleton of a baby that might just have been a mermaid!  As each character examines the past, they come to make peace with their present. (Format: Print)

 

 

 

Silence for the Dead

By Simone St. James

(Adult Fiction)

This is an atmospheric ghost story that will keep you glued to its pages.  Escaping from her abusive father, Kitty Weakes takes a job as a nurse at a remote psychiatric facility shortly after the end of the first World War.  Kitty, unfortunately, lied her way into the job and is now stuck with a staggering workload, no real training, and patients who all have nightmares and very bad nerves.  Portis House used to be a magnificent mansion before being commissioned as a hospital.  But now there are cold spots, eerie sounds in the plumbing, and the house itself seems to be rotting from the inside out.  Kitty is determined to find out what’s going on.  The rich, descriptive writing creates an unforgettably creepy setting in Portis House and memorable characters who bravely take on unseen forces.  (Format: Print)

 

 

 

 

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

By Gabrielle Zevin

(Adult Fiction)

The redeeming power of love is the theme of this slender volume.  Endearing characters and a moving story will make this one of the books you can’t put down.  A. J. Fikry runs an independent bookstore on an island.  He begins to isolate himself after his wife passes away.  But his bad attitude doesn’t deter everyone, especially the perky Knightley Press sales rep who has a disastrous initial run-in with Fikry.  Then, someone leaves something so unusual in the bookstore that event Fikry is mobilized to action.  The novel is peppered with references to literature and literary characters.  It’s a delight for the book lover, for the romantic in all of us, and for those who hold onto hope.  (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD; eBook)

 

 

 

 

The Girl Who Came Home: a Titanic Novel

By Hazel Gaynor

(Adult Fiction)

When 17-year old Maggie Murphy’s mother died, Maggie’s caring aunt sailed to Ireland to bring the girl to America to live with her. Maggie is uprooted from her home in Ballysheen, Ireland, and forced to leave Seamus, the love of her life, behind, when she booked passage on the luxury liner Titanic. Disaster strikes the ship on the night of April 14, 1912 when it hits an iceberg. Maggie survived the wreck, and afterwards vowed she would never tell of the horrors of that night, wanting only to banish all thoughts of the tragedy from her memory: the thumping of the ship; the crying and screaming of the panicked passengers; the sight of the water slowly enveloping the vessel.  And Maggie didn’t speak of that night until 70 years later when she decided to share her story with her great- granddaughter Grace, a struggling journalism student.  As Maggie finally spoke of that night long ago, Grace and Maggie both awaken to the intriguing connections they share and the many parallels in both of their lives.  (Format: Print)

 

 

 

 

Speak of the Devil

By Allison Leotta

(Adult Fiction)

Anna Curtis, a sex crimes prosecutor in Washington, D.C., Is prosecuting members of the MS-13 gang, said to be one of the worst in the United States. As she searches for clues, she discovers police cover-ups and long-buried secrets. Ann soon finds herself being preyed upon by the most vicious gang that will stop at nothing to seek revenge. (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD)

 

 

 

 The Perfume Collector 

By Kathleen Tessaro

(Adult Fiction)

Grace Monroe receives a letter from France, informing her that she has received an inheritance.  But Grace has never heard of the deceased!  Eager to escape the expectations of London’s society and her new husband, she journeys to Paris, looking for answers about her benefactor.  The search for Eva d’Orsey is complicated.  Grace gradually begins to put the puzzle pieces together, which includes perfumers, gamblers, heartbreak and redemption.  The intertwining tale of both Grace and Eva’s lives unfold vividly in this elegant novel.   (Format: Print)

 

 

  

Deep Winter: a Novel

By Samuel W. Gailey

(Adult Fiction)

Gentle giant Danny is mentally disabled due to an accident he suffered as a child. He has only one friend in town, Mindy, a kind waitress who serves him breakfast every morning. When Mindy is found dead in her trailer, the local deputy Sheriff and ex-boyfriend of Mindy frames Danny for her murder. (Format: Print)

  

 

 

Lost Lake

By Sarah Addison Allen

(Adult Fiction)

There are books that you want to read straight through, not stopping until you’ve reached the end of the journey.  Lost Lake is one of those. Kate Pheris and her daughter are taking a detour in their life, following the death of Kate’s husband. They end up visiting Lost Lake, a place remembered fondly from Kate’s past. This once-charming collection of lakeside cabins has fallen into disrepair, and owner Eby Pim feels perhaps it’s time to give up this place of dreams. People have always found their way to Lost Lake, searching for something – looking for answers.  Will the magic of Lost Lake work one last time? With richly-drawn characters and a hint of enchantment, this is a story of old love, new love, loss, and connection. (Formats: Print; Large Type; Book-on-CD)

 

 

 

The Weight of Blood

By Laura McHugh

(Adult Fiction)

This is an admirable novel by a debut author. The plot focuses on eighteen-year-old Lucy trying to figure out what really happened to her absent mother so many years ago, and piecing together the mystery regarding her friend’s apparent murder. The setting is a small town tucked away in the Ozarks filled with superstition, hostile residents, and a sense of dread.  (Format: Print)

  

 

 

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

By Nancy Horan

(Adult Fiction)

This is a fictionalized version of the life of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife Fanny Osbourne.  And what a life it was! They were deeply in love and in spite of Stevenson’s poor health, managed to live all over the world and participate in some glorious adventures.  Fanny had left her womanizing husband and, with three children in tow, went to Belgium to study art.  Recuperating after the death of her youngest son, Fanny makes the acquaintance of several members of a writers’ colony.  Although he was 10 years younger Stevenson fell instantly in love with the petite and opinionated Mrs. Osbourne.  Their passionate life together is a fascinating look at two strong-willed people swimming against the tide.   (Formats: Print; Large Print; Book-on-CD)

  

 

  

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