First Light

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Bill Rancic
First Light
I love survival stories and this one was a gripper.  A plane crashes into a mountain and the passengers struggle to stay alive until rescued. The story is told by one couple to their grown son and there is an amazing twist before it is over. Couldn't put it down.  Check our catalog.
Sue N., Youth Services

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Friday, March 3, 2017
Katarina Bivald
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

This is a great book for a cold winter night, a warm blanket, and a cup of tea! Young Sara travels from Sweden to the small town of Broken Wheel to visit her pen pal Amy, but arrives just in time for Amy's funeral. When Amy's friends find out who she is, they insist she stay in Amy's house as planned. What happens after that surprises Sara and changes the town forever. Full of delightful characters, readers will also enjoy all the references from popular books that will give you a list of what to read next!  Check our catalog.

Sue A2., Reference


The Friends We Keep

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Susan Mallery
The Friends We Keep
This is the 2nd book of Mallery's Michief Bay Series in which she entwines the lives of three girlfriends.  There is Gabby, who is excited to go back to work when her twins start school in the fall.  Hayley, who wants desperately to have a baby.  And Nicole, who is struggling to raise her young son after her divorce.  All three run up against roadblocks of course, but rely on each other to get through their trials.  A good “light” read. Check our catalog
Jan H., Technical Services

The Jungle

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Upton Sinclair
The Jungle

“The Jungle,” by Upton Sinclair tells the truth about the meatpacking towns like Chicago before World War 1. Through the perspective of a Lithuanian immigrant named Jurgis and his family, readers begin to understand the difficulties of the time for anybody new to America. Jurgis brought his whole family to America because they had heard it was a place of prosperity and opportunity. While not entirely false, this was not what the family arrived too. When Jurgis joined the crowds of people begging for work he became committed to a life of hardship and struggle that never seemed to end. While this book is not the happiest I’d highly recommend everyone in high school or older to read it because it is very thought provoking and a classic piece of literature.

Miranda M., Circulation

The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery

Friday, January 27, 2017
Patrick F. McManus
The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery

Bo Tully is the sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, a family tradition that goes way back. The sometime unorthodox methods of the family business are know as The Blight Way, and everyone in the county knows Bo. The 6 books in this series will introduce you to all the quirky local town folks as well as the fine upstanding ones. On the 75th birthday of his father, "Pap", a dead body turns up on a local ranch. Bo decides a murder investigation would be the perfect present! Patrick McManus is an American humor writer who writes primarily about the outdoors.  Check our catalog

Sue A., Reference

The Orphan Keeper

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Orphan Keeper
The Orphan Keeper
This is an amazing story about a young Indian boy that has been kidnapped and put in an orphanage in India.  He is then adopted by an American couple and sent to the US.  When the boy is able to learn enough english he tells his new parents he was kidnapped and has a mother, father and siblings.   The couple are shocked with this news and proceed to find his family.  All the research they do comes to a dead end.  Eventually the boy adjust to his new life.  He keeps the dream alive that he will one day find his family.  His determination to follow that dream leads him on a fascinating journey of coincidences, luck, great courage and faith.   Very inspiring.  Check our catalog
Barb O., Circulation

The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
W. Bruce Cameron
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

This book caught my eye because it is set in the Michigan’s upper peninsula.  It’s humorous, has an interesting protagonist and is a good mystery!  Ruddy McCann is an ex-con repo man who gets drawn into solving a murder.

One night Ruddy has a dream that he is being chased through the woods and murdered.  When he wakes up the next day, he has a voice in his head of the actual victim of the murder he dreamed about.  This voice in his head will not let Ruddy rest until the murder is solved!

I really enjoyed getting to know Ruddy and his friends and acquaintances.  If you like this one, Bruce Cameron has written a sequel called “Repo Madness”.  Check our catalog

Peggy G., Circulation

The Rift Uprising

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Amy S. Foster
The Rift Uprising
The story is about Ryn Whittaker who is a Citadel: an elite, enhanced soldier specially chosen to guard a Rift, a mysterious and dangerous portal to alternate Earths scientists cannot control or close. She was trained from the age of fourteen, and can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL.
After encountering another human from a different Earth, she begins to question what her and the other citadels real purpose is.  This questioning leads to some knowledge she needs to know but also changes many realities for her.  I look forward to the following books in this trilogy.
Jeremy E., Administration

Three Sisters, Three Queens

Friday, December 30, 2016
Philippa Gregory

This story of Margaret Tudor, the quintessential English Princess of her time, and the often tumultuous relationship she shares with her siblings as she fulfills her predestine duty to be the wife of King James the IV of Scotland. 

Margaret Tudor is the narrator of this book, and when we meet her she’s a young girl of ten who worships older brother, Arthur Tudor Prince of Wales and is annoyed by the spoiled, childish antics of younger brother, Henry.  Mary Tudor, the youngest of the bunch, is a beautiful, carefree child still in the nursery and the sister of Margaret’s heart.  However, when Katherine of Aragon arrives at the English court to marry Arthur, Margaret’s entire world gets upended and jealousy begins to consumer her. She regards Katherine of Aragon as Katherine of Arrogant, and immediately envies her beauty, lavish wardrobe and jewels.  This jealousy dogs Margaret throughout the rest of this novel, and informs much of the precarious relationship she has with her sister, Mary, and sister-in-law twice over, Katherine. 

When Margaret arrives in Scotland to marry King James, a man seventeen years her senior and the greatest king Scotland has ever known, Margaret, often childish and self-centered, settles in to her new life and celebrates the fact that she is a true queen before both Katherine and Mary. While Margaret is the narrator of this story, the three sisters continue a correspondence that carries them across all the vagaries of their royal lives and the often brutal politics that shape their thoughts and actions.

I’ve read many of Philippa Gregory’s novels but was particularly interested to see how she’d handle the little known Margaret Tudor and her life as Queen Margaret of Scotland.  Although fictionalized and flavored with a relatable modern voice often reminiscent of a shallow, spoiled teenager, I really did enjoy this novel.  Philippa Gregory has a way of taking complicated history, distilling it and delivering it up for every person to enjoy. This was a very detailed, painstakingly researched account of Margaret’s life in Scotland.  The three sister-queens exchange letters and it is through these that we get a glimpse of Katherine and Mary’s most intimate thoughts.  Their lives are as fascinating as they are tragic, mirroring the time and countries in which they lived.  I believe this book is well worth the time if you’re a historical junky like I am.  My honest opinion?  I’d give this five out of five stars.

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Darci in Reference  

Berry the Hatchet

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Peg Cochran
Berry the Hatchet

Winter can be a quiet time in the small town of Cranberry Cove near the shores of Lake Michigan. With the tourists long gone and the holidays over, it may be a little too quiet. So the mayor, Preston Crowley comes up with the idea of having a Winter Walk – a festival of sorts that will light up the downtown businesses and boost the local economy. Snow begins to fall just in time for the grand kick-off event which is to be heralded by the arrival of the mayor and the Winter Walk Queen by horse-drawn sleigh.  But the picture postcard scene is disturbed when, several minutes ahead of schedule, the horse and sleigh races down Main Street - minus the queen, but with the mayor slumped over with a knife in his neck.

While the whole town is buzzing over the shocking murder, Monica Albertson who runs the market at her step- brother’s cranberry farm, feels compelled to do some detective work of her own. Her mother, her step-mother, and a friend and owner of the New Age shop in town are all implicated as possible suspects. Monica knows that none of them can possibly be guilty – but can she prove it?

This is the second book in the Cranberry Cove series which delightfully captures the west Michigan setting and Dutch influences. Highly recommended for readers of cozy mysteries and Michigan fiction. Check the catalog.

Sue A., Reference


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