The longest ride by Nicholas Sparks

longestride  Regina  Review by:  Regina

Title:  The longest ride

Author:  Nicholas Sparks

Collection:  Adult Fiction

We can’t get enough stories on love and relationships from super writer Nicholas Sparks. In his latest novel, two couples’ courtships – one nearing its ending, one just beginning – are the love stories that Sparks explores. Ira, a widower, had one last mission to complete before joining Ruth, his beloved wife, forever, but fails when the car he is driving plunges over the side of a hill. Ira begins to see visions of Ruth, encouraging him to stay alive, and as he slips in and out of consciousness, Ira reviews their tender relationship over the previous decades. At the same time a young couple, Sophia, a college student and Luke, a bull rider and rancher, are being drawn into a relationship and suffer from expectations and immaturity. As the story nears its conclusion and both love stories unfold, the connection is finally revealed.

Written from different viewpoints, the characters’ vulnerability and passion show through across a span of over 90 years.

Soon to made into a movie….

Staff Picks: Nate

by Delores Fossen,  

On the day Lieutenant Nate Ryland’s baby daughter is kidnapped, he finds hope in the most surprising of allies: Darcy Burkhart, a woman he never thought—never wanted—to see again. But Darcy’s son has also been taken and there’s nothing that will keep them from bringing their children home. Unfortunately this is no ordinary adversary, and even someone like Nate, who’s used to dealing with the worst of society, can’t predict the enemy’s next move. As the search continues, Nate finds himself admiring the woman he once considered his greatest opponent—and desiring her in a way he never would have thought possible.

New York Times Best Sellers at ACLS for March 2, 2014

Get the latest NYT Best Sellers at the Allegany County Library System.

FICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

CONCEALED IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb. (Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated.) Lt. Eve Dallas is on the case when the demolition of a building that once sheltered troubled teenagers reveals skeletons hidden in the walls; by Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously.

PRIVATE L. A., by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan. (Little, Brown.) Jack Morgan and Justine Smith search for a high-powered celebrity couple who have disappeared.

THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt. (Little, Brown.) A painting smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a bombing becomes a boy’s prize, guilt and burden.

SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham. (Doubleday.)  A sequel, about race and inheritance, to “A Time to Kill.”

THE INVENTION OF WINGS, by Sue Monk Kidd. (Viking.) The relationship between a wealthy Charleston girl, Sarah Grimké, who will grow up to become a prominent abolitionist, and the slave she is given for her 11th birthday.

THE HUSBAND’S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty. (Amy Einhorn/Putnam.) A woman’s life is upended when she discovers a letter from her husband she was not meant to read.

KILLER, by Jonathan Kellerman. (Ballantine.) The psychologist and police consultant Alex Delaware becomes embroiled in a child custody dispute that escalates into murder.

VAMPIRE MOST WANTED, by Lynsay Sands. (Avon/HarperCollins.) Marcus Notte, an immortal, has been tasked with bringing Basha Argeneau back to the powerful clan.

ONCE IN A LIFETIME, by Jill Shalvis. (Grand Central.) In the little town of Lucky Harbor, an unlikely couple try to defy the odds: Ben, grieving over a wrenching loss; and Aubrey, determined to right the wrongs of her past.

STILL LIFE WITH BREAD CRUMBS, by Anna Quindlen. (Random House.) An aging photographer rents a rural cottage and discovers sparks of creativity and desire.

NONFICTION (Combined Print & E-Book) 

THE MONUMENTS MEN, by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter. (Center Street.) The attempt to preserve, and later to locate, art works stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

LONE SURVIVOR, by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. (Little, Brown.) The only survivor of a Navy SEALs operation in northern Afghanistan describes the battle, his comrades and his courageous escape.

UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, by Solomon Northup. (Various publishers.) The narrative, first published in 1853, of a freeman who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, and spent 12 years in bondage before escaping; the basis of the recently released movie.

KILLING JESUS, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt.) Jesus’ life and times, and the events leading up to his execution.

DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown.) How disadvantages can work in our favor; from the author of “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers.”

DUTY, by Robert M. Gates. (Knopf.) The former defense secretary recounts his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

THE SIXTH EXTINCTION, by Elizabeth Kolbert. (Holt.) The New Yorker writer examines the role of man-made influences in causing plant and animal loss.

THINGS THAT MATTER, by Charles Krauthammer. (Crown Forum.) Three decades’ worth of essays from the conservative columnist.

WILD, by Cheryl Strayed. (Knopf.) A woman’s account of a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail during the summer of 1995.

 

 

Twice promised : a novel by Maggie Brendan

twicepromised  Regina  Review by:  Regina

Title:  Twice promised : a novel

Author:  Maggie Brendan

Collection:  Adult Fiction

Greta Olsen, a mail-order bride, arrives in Central City, Colorado – much to her surprise, finds herself in competition with another woman for shopkeeper, Jess Gifford’s hand in marriage. A bigger surprise awaits both of them for Jess has no idea that his younger brother Zach had arranged this entire debacle! Even though Jess’s shop really could use some organizational help, he certainly wasn’t looking for a life mate! As the two hardworking women compete for Jess’s attention, they inadvertently become fast friends and even Zach begins to think that, just maybe, he could use a wife as well.

Staff Picks: Sea change

by Karen White,  

For Ava Whalen, a new marriage and a move to St. Simons Island means a new beginning. But what she doesn’t realize is that her marriage will take her on an unexpected journey into the deep recesses of her past that will transform her forever. For as long as she can remember, Ava Whalen has struggled with a sense of not belonging, and now, at thirty-four, she still feels stymied by her family. Then she meets child psychologist Matthew Frazier, and thinks her days of loneliness are behind her. After a whirlwind romance, they impulsively elope, and Ava moves to Matthew’s ancestral home on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia. But after the initial excitement, Ava is surprised to discover that true happiness continues to elude her. There is much she doesn’t know about Matthew, including the mysterious circumstances surrounding his first wife’s death. And her new home seems to hold as many mysteries and secrets as her new husband. Feeling adrift, Ava throws herself into uncovering Matthew’s family history and that of the island, not realizing that she has a connection of her own to this place or that her obsession with the past could very well destroy her future.

The lemon orchard by Luanne Rice

lemonorchard  Regina  Review by:  Regina

Title:  The lemon orchard

Author:  Luanne Rice

Collection:  Adult Fiction

Grief and heartache bring people together as in the unexpected romance between two unlikely people. One – an immigrant that has crossed the USA/Mexican border illegally, at the cost of his young daughter, Rosa, and the other, an anthropologist who lost both her husband and 16 year old daughter in a car accident. They meet in a seaside, lush lemon orchard in the beautiful Santa Monica mountains owned by Julia’s aunt and uncle. Julia is there to house-sit with her beloved Bonnie Blue, a seven-year-old border collie when she meets Roberto, manager and caretaker of the orchard whose quiet, strong ways reach across Julia’s barriers and draw her in. As Julia learns more of Roberto’s past, she feels the need to redeem her loss by solving the clues that surround the missing Rosa.

Rice takes on the controversial subject of illegal immigration and wraps a heartrending  story around it..

New York Times Best Sellers at ACLS for February 23, 2014

Get the latest NYT Best Sellers at the Allegany County Library System.

FICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

PRIVATE L. A., by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan. (Little, Brown.) Jack Morgan and Justine Smith search for a high-powered celebrity couple who have disappeared.

KILLER, by Jonathan Kellerman. (Ballantine.) The psychologist and police consultant Alex Delaware becomes embroiled in a child custody dispute that escalates into murder.

THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt. (Little, Brown.) A painting smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a bombing becomes a boy’s prize, guilt and burden.

THE INVENTION OF WINGS, by Sue Monk Kidd. (Viking.) The relationship between a wealthy Charleston girl, Sarah Grimké, who will grow up to become a prominent abolitionist, and the slave she is given for her 11th birthday.

SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham. (Doubleday.)  A sequel, about race and inheritance, to “A Time to Kill.”

COCKROACHES, by Jo Nesbo. (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard.) Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo when the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel. The second Harry Hole novel, recently translated into English.

ORPHAN TRAIN, by Christina Baker Kline. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) A historical novel about orphans swept off the streets of New York and sent to the Midwest in the 1920s.

THE HUSBAND’S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty. (Amy Einhorn/Putnam.) A woman’s life is upended when she discovers a letter from her husband she was not meant to read.

STILL LIFE WITH BREAD CRUMBS, by Anna Quindlen. (Random House.) An aging photographer rents a rural cottage and discovers sparks of creativity and desire.

WINTER’S TALE, by Mark Helprin. (Mariner.) Heroic lives in Manhattan between the late 19th century and the year 2000. Originally published in 1983.

NONFICTION (Combined Print & E-Book) 

THE MONUMENTS MEN, by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter. (Center Street.) The attempt to preserve, and later to locate, art works stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

LONE SURVIVOR, by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. (Little, Brown.) The only survivor of a Navy SEALs operation in northern Afghanistan describes the battle, his comrades and his courageous escape.

DUTY, by Robert M. Gates. (Knopf.) The former defense secretary recounts his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, by Solomon Northup. (Various publishers.) The narrative, first published in 1853, of a freeman who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, and spent 12 years in bondage before escaping; the basis of the recently released movie.

KILLING JESUS, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt.) Jesus’ life and times, and the events leading up to his execution.

THE SIXTH EXTINCTION, by Elizabeth Kolbert. (Holt.) The New Yorker writer examines the role of man-made influences in causing plant and animal loss.

THINGS THAT MATTER, by Charles Krauthammer. (Crown Forum.) Three decades’ worth of essays from the conservative columnist.

DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown.) How disadvantages can work in our favor; from the author of “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers.”

WILD, by Cheryl Strayed. (Knopf.) A woman’s account of a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail during the summer of 1995.

DRINKING AND DATING, by Brandi Glanville with Leslie Bruce. (HarperOne/HarperCollins.) Observations on hooking up, from the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star.

 

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