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This week we have new Inspirational Fiction to introduce starting with “The House at Saltwater Point,” by Colleen Coble. Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can't focus on anything else. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie's boat. Ellie knows her sister isn't on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldn't kill her--would he? Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie!

ANN GABHART is back with “River to Redemption.” Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who stayed in Springfield, Kentucky, when anyone with means had fled. Twelve years later, Louis is being sold by his owners despite his heroic actions. Now nineteen, Adria has never forgotten what Louis did for her and is determined to find a way to buy his freedom. (Also available in Large Print.)

NEXT UP, “The Hope of Azure Springs,” by Rachel Fordham is set in the fictional town of Azure Springs, Iowa. Here we find nineteen-year-old Em, who is having a rough time adjusting to the Western wilderness after riding the orphan train to her new home. Her guardian has been shot and killed, and Em needs to find her long-lost sister so she won’t be alone. Luckily, Em has Sheriff Caleb Renolds looking after her. And he’s determined to seek justice and help Em reunite with her sister.

SUZANNE WOODS Fisher continues her “Nantucket Legacy,” series in “Minding the Light.” Six long years ago, Captain Reynolds Macy sailed away, looking forward to the day when he would return to Nantucket Island with a ship's hold full of whale oil. But when that momentous day finally arrives, Ren soon discovers that everything has changed in his absence. Unlike most islanders, bold and spirited Daphne Coffin doesn't defer to Ren as an authoritative whalemaster. She encourages him to return to his Quaker roots and "mind the Light," finding solace in God and community.

LASTLY, we have “Amish Celebrations,” by Beth Wiseman. This is a compilation of four novellas celebrating a birthday, wedding, baptism and Christmas. “The Gift of Sisters” introduces Hannah and Rachel, fraternal twins who are approaching their sixteenth birthday and rumschpringe. “A New Beginning” tells about a young couple struggling to forgive each other before they are baptized and committed to the church. “A Perfect Plan” is about the disasters that prolong a couple’s wedding plans. Finally, “A Christmas Miracle” finds an elderly man in a red suit and his sidekick elf befriending an exhausted Amish mother.

NEW IN Adult Fiction this week is “Clock Dance,” by Anne Tyler. Willa yearns to be a grandmother, yet the prospect is dimming. So, when Willa receives a phone call from a stranger, telling her that her son's ex-girlfriend has been shot, she drops everything and flies across the country to Baltimore. The impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory, surrounded by a new family, eccentric neighbors, and a dog named Airplane.

DANIEL Silva is back with “The Other Woman.” In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman writes the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason's name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin's most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West - a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power. And only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon.

DEBBIE Macomber provides a more heartwarming story in “Cottage by the Sea.” Annie Marlow has returned to the Pacific Northwest to recover from personal tragedy. There she finds solace and comfort in the new friends that surround her – especially a local painter named Keaton. But then once again events threaten to undo the idyll Annie has come to enjoy, and she is torn between the excitement of a new journey toward success and the place - and man - she's come to call home.

NORA ROBERTS is back with “Shelter in Place.” This suspenseful story explores the aftermath of a mall shooting outside of Portland, Maine. The carnage only lasted eight minutes, but its effects would last forever. And as the survivors slowly heal and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

FROM CANADIAN writer Michael Ondaatje we have “Warlight.” Just after World War II, Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore. They are left in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. Together with his eccentric crew of friends, The Moth is determined to protect and educate the children until their mother returns….without their father. Years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand at the time.

KAREN KINGSBURY returns to the pages with “To the Moon and Back.” Brady Bradshaw was a child when the Oklahoma City bombing killed his mother. Every year, Brady visits the site on the anniversary to remember her. He also leaves a note for a fellow survivor’s child, Jenna. They met a decade ago and spent a memorable day together. With the help of Ashley Baxter Blake and her sister Kari Ryan, Brady hopes to finally reunite with Jenna.

LASTLY, we have “Before and Again,” by Barbara Delinsky. Mackenzie Cooper took her eyes off the road for just a moment but the resulting collision was enough to rob her of her beloved daughter and ultimately her marriage, family, and friends. Now she lives in Vermont under the name Maggie Reid, in a small house with her cats and dog. She's thankful for the new friends she's made--though she can't risk telling them too much.


For starters we have “In Dreams Forgotten,” by Tracie Peterson. After her parents' deaths, Judith Gladstone travels to San Francisco to find her last living relative. Her friend Caleb Coulter helps her search, and his connections lead Judith to a wealthy, influential family. However, she soon learns shocking truths about her heritage and finds herself in danger from someone who wants to keep the past hidden!

RACHEL HAUCK goes from past to present in “The Love Letter.” In 1781, Hamilton Lightfoot witnessed the death of his family at the hands of the Red coats. He then pens a letter to Esther Longfellow, his secret lover. (Her father is a loyalist working for a wealthy British Lord.) In present day L.A. Jesse Gates is trying his hand at acting and screenwriting. When he finds a page from one of his ancestor's letters, he writes and sells a script based on the events of a previous generation. And that letter from the past might have the power to affect the future more than anyone could imagine.

THIRDLY, we have “The Ebb Tide,” by Beverly Lewis. Sallie Riehl is thrilled at an unexpected summer opportunity to nanny in Cape May for a well-to-do family. It means forgoing baptism another year and leaving behind a would-be beau. Yet the weeks in Cape May soon prove unforgettable as Sallie meets a young Mennonite man whose friendship she quickly begins to cherish. Has she been too hasty with her promises or will she only find what her heart longs for back home?

FINALLY, also by Lewis, “The Wish,” is another Amish story. Leona Speicher finally got the “sister” she had always wanted when Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County. In just a short time, Leona's cousin shows a romantic interest in Gloria, and Gloria's older brother expresses his fondness for Leona. So it seems likely the two young women will marry into each other's families, remaining close friends for life. Thus, Leona is shocked when the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear after being expelled from the church for reasons no one will discuss.



CONCERNED parents will take note of “Parent Alert: how to keep your kids safe online.” This practical guide highlights all the risks kids face when they chat online, share selfies, use apps, and explore the Internet. International security expert Will Geddes answers difficult questions from worried parents and gives simple action plans, preventative steps, and advice on how to recognize the warning signs.

ANOTHER helpful read is “Autism and Tommorow: the complete guide to helping your child thrive in the real world.” This is a comprehensive resource that addresses many parents' questions pertaining to their child with autism. Topics include financial planning, long-term care, employment options, community resources, education, bullying, family relationships, and more.

FOR A fun day with the kids turn to “Low-Mess Crafts for Kids: 72 projects to create your own magical worlds,” by Debbie Chapman, founder of One Little Project. No more messy glitter and sticky glue! Chapman offers a mess-free solution. How about twisting pipe cleaners into fun shapes to avoid glue or patterned paper to avoid paint? Or make a Fuzzy Friend Sock Puppet or Rubber Glove Dragon! After all, children don’t need to be destructive to be creative!

 NOW we move on to the kitchen to do some baking! “Homemade Bread,” by Linda Andersson provides “more than 50 delicious recipes for flatbreads, rolls, and other baked delights.” The recipes are easy to follow and illustrated with clear, step-by-step photos. And, they all use natural ingredients. So whip up a cranberry loaf, skillet bread or cheese crescent rolls for the whole gang!

FINALLY, get out in the yard and get busy! There’s still time to tend to your flower garden, and the Library has many useful resources. Our latest “gardening go-to” is “Annuals, Perennials, and Bulbs: 377 flower varieties for a vibrant garden: designing, planting, and maintaining a beautiful garden.” This practical guide supplies tips for saving seeds, caring for soil, dividing plants, preparing for winter, and much more.



This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.