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Monday, January 5, 2015


For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously diasappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and ppores over the pages of Alice's old journals. Ascientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrothe mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yer Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother's whereabouts.
     Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who'd originally invaestigated Alice's case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they'll have to face even harder answers.
     As Jenna's memories dovetail with the events in her mother's journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

Monday, October 20, 2014


I have read Christina Dodd before but only in paperback so I was excited to get her new hardback book Virtue Falls.

by Christina Dodd

"If Elizabeth Banner noticed the interest with which the townspeople talked about her in low tones behind her back, she gave no indication. And in fact, she didn't notice. For as long as she could remember, she had always been the girl who had watched her father kill her mother with the scissors."

If the first paragraph of chapter one doesn't catch your interest, then this book isn't for you. Elizabeth Banner, a noted geologist, has come back to Virtue Falls, Washington after 23 years. She didn't return to visit her father, who is now in  a memory care facility with Alzheimer's after his prison term. She returned to study rocks; more specifically to study the  Pacific Rim tectonic plates and subduction zones. Elizabeth's ex-husband, Garik Jacobsen, has also returned to Virtue Falls. Then a massive earthquake hits the area and secrets long buried come to light. 

If you like suspense and romance, this book is for you.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


The day Emma meets Galen on the beach is the day her life changes forever. Galen is the prince of the Syrena sent to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. When Emma runs into him-literally, ouch!-their connection is immediate and powerful. Could this be the girl? After several encounters, Galen is convinced Emma is the one. But how can he convince her of her gift? And how can he make his feelings for her disappear? She's the key to his kingdom, she can't be the key to his heart.
This is the first book in the Syrena Legacy series. Im looking forward to reading this book!

Thursday, August 14, 2014


When seventeen-year-old Samantha goes on a school-exchange trip to Scotland, she takes with her an old pendant that she found amongst her grandmother's belongings. As soon as she arrives at her host family's home, she is drawn into the country's tales and myths. Then she meets the dangerously attractive Scot Payton-a mysterious Highlander who soon conquers Sam's heart. Caught up in her feelings, she doesn't realize how much danger she's in. Payton's past holds a dark secret. A secret that has bound together both their families' fates for hundreds of years and is now also endangering Sam's life.
This was a fun book to get cought up in and enjoy the adventure.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Amazon's readers rate this book 5 stars. I can do no less   *****


This is a great book for both young adults and adults. Our book club is reading this book during the month of August. Call Ferron Library at 384-2637 for more information.


The Boy on the Wooden Box  How the impossible became possible ... on Schindler's list by Leon Leyson


This is true story written by Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) who grew up during the Holocaust. His memoir captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. He survives leaving his home, moving to a Krakow ghetto, being held in a concentration camp and being separated from his family for months. Ultimately, it was Oskar Schindler who saved his life and the lives of over a thousand Jews by adding their names to his list of factory workers - a list that later became known as Schindler's List.


Believing no one would be interested in his story, Leon rarely spoke about his experiences until the film Schindler's List received worldwide attention. Schindler outwitted the Nazis by claming that his factory workers were essential to the war effort. Leon Leyson was not. He could only reach his machine's controls by standing on a wooden box. That box gave him a chance to look useful, and to stay alive.





Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Jake Buckman's relationship with his sixteen-year-old son,Ryan, is not an easy one, so at the urging of his loving wife, Pam, Jake goes alone to pick up Ryan at their suburban movie theater. On the way home, Ryan asks to drive on a deserted road, and Jake sees it as a chance to make a connection. However, what starts as a father-son bonding opportunity instantly turns into a nightmare. Tragedy strikes, and with Ryan's entire future hanging in the balance, Jake is forced to make a split-second decision that plunges them both into a world of guilt and lies. Without ever meaning to,Jake and Ryan find themselves living under the crushing weight of their secret, which threatens to tear their family to shreds and ruin them all.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Find this new release and many more at the Ferron Library I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark
I am a Mary Higgins Clark fan. I have liked her older books better than her newer ones, but I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The story starts with three-year-old Timmy Moran swinging on the swings at the playground when his dad, Dr. Greg Moran, is shot by a stranger. The shooter tells Timmy that he and his mother are next. Five years later Timmy continues to have nightmares and his mother and grandfather continue to watch over him. Laurie Moran, who now is a producer, is launching a TV reality series about unsolved cold cases. The first case is the twenty-year-old murder of Betsy Bonner Powell. Betsy was killed after coming home from hosting a graduation party for her daughter Claire and her three graduating friends. The murder has cast a cloud of suspicion over the people involved, mainly the four girls. Laurie assembles all of the players at the Powell mansion once again to relive those last hours. It seems that everyone has something to hide. There are now two murders to solve, and someone is watching. Congratulations to 86-year-old Mary Higgins Clark, may she continue to write mysteries for a long, long time.