Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Family Next Door

By Sally Hepworth

This little neighborhood looks perfect from the outside. Most households are families with young children and the busyness that comes with that. But looking closer, each family has its problems and secrets. One mom isn’t sure her last baby is her husbands. Another suspects her husband is having an affair. Essie’s life looks perfect and few of her friends know that she suffered a breakdown after the birth of her first child that almost cost her everything. Now after the birth of her second child, she is starting to feel desperate again. When Isabelle moves into the neighborhood, she is a curiosity to everyone. Why is she single? Why renting? What mysterious job does she have? Essie feels a connection to her right away and Isabelle is fascinated with Essie which makes everyone else uncomfortable. It soon becomes clear that it is no accident that Isabelle is in this neighborhood and she has the power to brings shocking secrets to life.

~ Dixie

Just in Time

By Marie Bostwick

Marie Bostwick is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are uplifting and I always like the ending. In her novel, Just in Time, Grace Saunders’ life has difficult aspects. She is working full time at a job that is just-a-job and suffering with the loss of her husband. Through great friendship and love her life is turned around. A reoccurring theme in Marie’s stories is the presence of quilts and the therapeutic benefits of quilting, being a quilter myself, I enjoy this trait in her stories.

~ Beckie H.

Monday, July 23, 2018

One Way or Another

By Elizabeth Adler

What begins as a beautiful evening at a party on a yacht ends with attempted murder…and a quest for revenge. Ellen never expected a dream vacation to turn so ugly. One moment she was standing on the deck of a fifty-foot yacht and then next she is in the water.

~Crystal

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)


Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.
Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk. Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route.

~Crystal

Fairytale


Christophe and Joy Lammenais built Chateau Lammenais into a small but renowned Napa Valley winery and an idyllic home where they raised their beloved daughter, Camille, who takes on increasing responsibilities for the estate they all treasure. But after Joy’s early death from breast cancer just after Camille’s graduation from Stanford, a lonely Christophe soon falls prey to the machinations of a sophisticate from his native France—who moves, with her two reprobate sons, to consolidate her power over Camille and the property when Christophe is killed in a plane crash. With a French “fairy godmother” on the scene, however, the son of a neighboring vintner to assist, and a grand Harvest Ball on the horizon, lovely Camille may make some potent magic of her own.

~Crystal

Charley Davidson series by Darinda Jones


Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6)
Now that Reyes Farrow has asked for her hand, Charley Davidson feels it's time to learn more about his past, but Reyes is reluctant to open up. When the official FBI file of his childhood abduction lands in her lap, Charley decides to go behind her mysterious beau’s back and conduct her own investigation. Because what could go wrong?
Unfortunately, another case has fallen into her lap—one with dangerous implications. Some very insistent men want Charley to hunt down a witness who is scheduled to testify against their boss, a major player in the local crime syndicate. If Charley doesn't come up with an address in 48 hours, the people closest to her will start to disappear.


Seventh Grave and No Body (Charley Davidson #7)
Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Charley is not having the best week of her life.

~ Crystal

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Family Gathering

Image result for family gathering robyn carr  By Robyn Carr

If you read Burton Library book blogs on a regular basis you know I am a huge Robyn Carr fan. I think everything she writes is great, this book is no exception. The Family Gathering is a Sullivan’s Crossing Novel. Cal’s brother Dakota left the military and went to visit his brother in Colorado. This story is about his new beginning and the romance he finds. Carr’s books are always filled with romance with a twist of malicious conflict that has to be worked out. This is another good one, enjoy.

~Beckie

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Year One

Image result for year one nora robertsby Nora Roberts

Yet another first in her trilogy-type books, this one seems to engage the reader with a more gripping subject.  The premise is the world has been infected by the Doom, a virus that spread rapidly over the planet, killing most of the human race. The story follows many groups of people who managed to live, and how they cope with a world that has regressed to no electricity, no internet, and no government in a matter of weeks. 

~Becky

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Gifted

DVD

Image result for gifted movieThis movie never was a huge hit the theaters but I think you might want to check it out. Frank Adler is raising his seven-year-old niece Mary who happens to be a math genius. He has enrolled her in first grade in attempts to give her a normal childhood, something her math genius mother never had thanks to her overzealous mother Evelyn. Because her math abilities are discovered by her first grade teacher soon after starting school (and probably because she was enrolled in school) her grandmother shows up wanting custody of Mary. Evelyn thinks that Mary would be better off back to Boston where she could have the best education possible. She wants to take Mary away from Frank and the only life she has ever known.

~Beckie

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Talk to the Paw

by Melinda Metz

Image result for talk to the pawInspired by a true story, a cat named MacGyver moves to California from Pennsylvania with his owner into a neighborhood of story-book themed homes. Jamie Snyder has moved to California for a year of self-discovery paid for with an inheritance after her mother’s death. MacGyver senses her loneliness and in his very cat way wants to help her feel better. Because Jamie is focused on what she wants to do with the rest of her life, she does not really want to start a relationship with a man, but MacGyver see things differently. In an attempt to draw Jamie to meet a lonely neighbor, he sneaks out of the house at night and steals personal objects (underwear and such) from David, a three-year widower. Other circumstances draw the two together, eventually they figure out what MacGyver has been up to. This sweet romance is a fun read.

~Beckie

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Street Cat Named Bob

DVD

This is the movie adaptation of the book with the same name. This is the true story of James Bowen who is struggling with addiction. He finds an injured street cat and uses what little money he has to buy antibiotics for it. James is barely getting by himself but he can’t help caring for the cat that is soon known as Bob. James tries to find Bob’s owners with no luck. As far as Bob is concerned, he has already found his owner. The pair are soon inseparable and this friendship helps both of them heal and find hope for the future. A sweet story.


~ Dixie

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hope in the Holler

By Lisa Lewis Tyre

This is a great middle grade book that would be enjoyed by boys or girls. Wavie is 11 years old and has just lost her mother to cancer. Now she has to go live in a small town in Appalachia with family she didn’t even know she had. It doesn’t take long for Wavie to realize she does not want to live with this horrible aunt, uncle and cousin. Wavie does, however, love the mountains, fresh air and the kids she meets. As Wavie tries to figure a way out, she learns a family secret that just might be her ticket out of there!

~ Dixie

The Dark Lake

By Sarah Bailey

This story takes place in rural Australia with Gemma Woodstock as a detective with the police. Gemma has a complicated life, full of secrets. When a former classmate is found dead, Gemma and her partner are put on the case. Gemma has a history with the victim but tries to hide it because she wants to stay on the case. As details of the victim are revealed, so are details of Gemma’s past. Clever twists and turns that will keep you guessing who done it!

~ Dixie

AM I OLD YET?

The Story of Two Women, Generations Apart, Growing Up and Growing Young in a Timeless Friendship

By Leah Komaiko

This is a true story about two women, one forty-four, one ninety-four, who form a friendship that starts out casual but turns into a strong bond that neither one expected. Leah, the younger woman, has always had trouble with the truth of growing old and her own mortality. In order to face her fears, she agrees to spend one hour per week with an elderly woman in a nursing home. This is a touching, tender memoir of the love and lessons these two gave each other. Loved it!

~ Dixie

Judah's Wife

By Angela Hunt
Another winner in Angela Hunt’s historical fiction. This first book in her new series The Silent Years is set a half century before the birth of Christ. Leah has a desperately hard childhood and when she marries Judah she is anticipating a peaceful life. The nation Judah is named after is conquered by a cruel king who makes it illegal for Jews to follow the law of Moses. Judah’s father refuses to comply and it costs him his life. As he is dying, he commands his son to take up the sword and fight for the nation of Israel. Leah, who hates violence, struggles to come to terms with the war that her husband and his family accept as necessary to preserve their way of life and their nation.

~ Dixie