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The Black Book by James Patterson

Ages 18+

the black book

Billy Harney is the son of Chicago’s Chief of Detectives, and he followed in his father’s footsteps. His twin sister Patty is also a cop. Billy is involved in a shootout and left for dead, but amazingly survives. Now he’s charged with a double homicide and desperately wants to clear his good name. The problem is, he has no recollection of what went down in the hours preceding the events. He puts his detective work to good use, and finds a little black book that everyone in Chicago wants to get their hands on. He is happy he found the book because it will help him solve the case, but at the same time he is afraid that the truth might not set him free.

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Sugar and Spice by Debbie Macomber

Ages 18+

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Jayne is a 27-year-old virgin children’s librarian who’s looking for a date for her upcoming high school reunion. She is shy and reads all kinds of books including one called How to Get A Man Interested In You.  She’s still single and needs a date for the reunion so she isn’t made fun of just like she was in high school. 

She met a guy at an art gallery recently but isn’t quite sure she’ll recognize him the next time she sees him because she wasn’t wearing her glasses the first time they met. 

Now, being a glasses-wearing children’s librarian myself I can relate quite a bit to Jayne. However, this character makes me mad because she is ashamed of who she is! I love my job and I love the fact that I always have my nose in a book. Should I socialize more? Sure. But curling up with a book is just about my favorite thing to do. 

Sugar and Spice is so cliche it’s crazy and it just bothers me to no end. I love Debbie Macomber’s books but this one just infuriated me. I loved the story, it’s just that this character needs to get her stuff together and read a book on confidence. 

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Two From the Heart by James Patterson

Ages 18+

two from the heart

Anne McWilliams loses everything as her marriage falls apart and a hurricane destroys her home. In order to get her life back on track, she decides to ask her good friends to tell her stories about their lives. These stories are both funny and tragic, and will keep you reading from beginning to end.

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The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice

Ages 18+

secret language of sisters

Roo’s life is changed forever when she responds to a text while driving. She is in a bad car accident and ends up paralyzed in the hospital. To her family, she seems like she’s in a coma, but she has locked-in syndrome, which means that she can see, hear, and understand everything around her, but no one knows it. Roo’s sister Tilly is the one who sent that fateful text, and she now must deal with the guilt and consequences of her actions.

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Sunbaked by Junie Coffey

Ages 18+

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Nina Spark has just moved to Pineapple Cay, and things are going really well for her as she settles into her cottage on the beach. However, Barry Bassett, a local man, has his eye on her cottage and plans to tear it down so he can put up condos. Then Barry’s wife Tiffany goes missing, and Nina is the prime suspect. Nina has to figure out who is really behind the disappearance of Tiffany Bassett before she ultimately takes the blame!

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

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The Perils of a Literary Life by Jennifer Weeks

Ages 18+

perils of a literary life

This book is perfect for anyone who loves literature, and explores what happens when you lose your grip on reality. Alice meets William, her neighbor’s nephew, and is immediately attracted to him. The two of them become great friends, but Alice is madly in love with him and believes they’re soulmates. Alice loses her grip on reality and this novel explores the impact of literature on the psyche.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

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Camino Beach by Amanda Callendrier

Ages 18+

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High school friends Sarah, Jack and Kristen embark on a journey to find and reconnect their old friend Roxanne. She was the kind of girl who got into loads of trouble back in the day, and disappeared right before graduation. Sarah isn’t so sure she wants to track Roxanne down, however, because she betrayed Roxanne, and she fears that is what ultimately lead to her disappearance.

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.