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In Love Again

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Claire Heyworth is the focus of the third novel in the Unruly Royals series. She is in the middle of a divorce from her husband, Freddy, who has stolen her fortune. She gets help starting over in New York from her sisters-in-law, Bronte and Sarah . She works as a home designer. Her first client is Ben Hayek, an old boyfriend she met on a summer exchange trip to France. He and his ex-wife are selling their house in Connecticut. He is very aloof to her as they discuss the repairs. Claire is making a fresh start and rebuilding her life. Will Ben want to be a part of it? This steamy romance makes a great beach read!

Reviewed by Megan M., Main Library

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R is for Rebel

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When Abigail Heyworth, the youngest daughter of the Duke of Northrop, returns from Africa, she is at a crossroads in her personal and professional life. She meets Eliot Cranbrook at her nephew’s christening and again at Devon and Sarah’s wedding in the Caribbean. He is an American businessman and friend of the couple. After a romantic weekend in Paris, Eliot tells Abigail he loves her and she thanks him in return. Eliot is devastated. Flash forward six months, Abigail finds out Eliot is engaged. Is it possible to salvage their relationship? Mulry captures the problems and the passion Abigail and Devon experience when two powerful people are drawn to each other in the fourth title in the Unruly Royals series.

Reviewed by Megan M., Main Library

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Calling Me Home

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Considerate Robert is the one love for Isabelle. A family acquaintance, he has plans for medical school. Only, he is from the `other side of the tracks` as Robert is black and Isabelle is white. And in 1939, in Kentucky that is not a union accepted by society or law. Fast-forward to the present and 89-year-old Isabelle--now a widow and Texas resident--is determined to travel to Ohio for a funeral. Low-key about specifics, she gets that help from her hairstylist Dorrie. An unlikely new family member, Dorrie is a thirtyish single mother and black. To travel she drives and miles in, Dorrie receives a series of troublesome calls. Rich in historical societal norms and human relationships, one-time novelist Julie Kibler strikes gold.

Reviewed by Lawrence T., South County Regional

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Book of My Lives

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The Book of My Lives, by award-winning Aleksandar Hemon, is a literary scrapbook album masterfully arranged, bridging divergent existences across two continents, with a command of English both unique and precise. He describes his Sarajevan childhood as rather idyllic, fueled by soccer and western music. No more subversive than the average University of Sarajevo student, Hemon was challenged to navigate early adulthood in an unraveling post-Tito Yugoslavia. Stranded in 1992 during the early days of the Balkan conflict, he applied for political asylum, making Chicago his home, where he and his family both endure and thrive. The last essay in this collection, “The Aquarium,” published in the New Yorker, is both painful and brilliant.

Reviewed by Lydia T., Main Library

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Monument 14:  Sky on Fire

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Young Adult

This is the second book in Laybourne’s survival trilogy, picking up right after the first installment ended with half of the group setting off in their school bus to try to get to the Denver airport. They hope to get medical attention for one of their own and find a rescue party for their friends back in Monument. Chapters alternate between brothers Alex, who left on the bus, and Dean, who remained behind in the shopping center. Both groups have new problems to overcome while dealing with the effects the poisoned air causes to everybody depending on their blood types.

Reviewed by Donna R., Mint Hill Branch

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Scarlet

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Young Adult

In the second installment of Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, Scarlet’s grandmother goes missing. While searching for her, Scarlet discovers that her grandmother (a former military pilot) was leading a double life. She meets and is accompanied by a dangerous man known as Wolf as she hurries to locate her grandmother. Meanwhile, Cinder has been imprisoned, but she escapes with the infamous Captain Carswell Thorne. Cinder’s and Scarlet’s paths eventually cross as Cinder tries to save the earth by preventing the marriage of Queen Levana to Emperor Kai. A great adventure read blending politics and a little bit of romance with sci-fi/fantasy.

Reviewed by Donna R., Mint Hill Branch

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A Mad Catastrophe : the Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire

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A Mad Catastrophe : the Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire

The Austro-Hungarian Empire of the early 20th century was a polyglot mix of ethnic and linguistic minorities which somehow worked because of overarching imperial institutions such as the Emperor, the bureaucracy and the armed forces. At least that’s what they wanted you (and themselves) to believe. As Geoffrey Wawro, middle European historian show us, the description of “ramshackle” to the state of this empire, especially the military, is being kind. So why in 1914 would this government want to start a war? In the end the reader will want to reach back in history, grab the perpetrators by the throat and scream “What were you thinking?”

Reviewed by John C., Main Library

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In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette

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In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeanette

The USS Jeanette set out in 1879 through the Bering Strait to the Arctic Ocean with hopes of reaching the North Pole by water. Hampton Sides introduces the men and women of this story and discusses nineteenth-century geographical knowledge in the first third of the book, which makes for interesting and informative reading. The narration of the actual voyage begins at that point and is indeed `grand and terrible,` as the subtitle promises. The crew survive extreme conditions and physical and mental stress thanks to great leadership and ingenuity. Don`t skip to the end to see how it turned out: you`ll want to experience the full emotional impact of this story as presented by a masterful author.

Reviewed by Tom C., Main Library

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Cockroaches

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In the second Inspector Harry Hole novel, Harry is sent to Bangkok, Thailand, to investigate the murder of the Norwegian ambassador who is found dead in a brothel. Harry enlists the help of the local police and begins the investigation. Soon they discover that the ambassador may have been involved with illicit activities regarding children. But is everything as it seems? Harry is persistent in his quest to solve the murder, even when high-ranking officials want him to stop the investigation. With vivid imagery of the sights and sounds of Bangkok, Jo Nesbo writes a fast paced and thrilling novel with plenty of adventure and the typical characterization of Inspector Hole.

Reviewed by Cameron S., University City Regional

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A Night to Surrender

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A Night to Surrender

The pages of Tessa Dare’s A Night to Surrender are almost on fire with hotness. This romance novel reads more like a romantic comedy film with background conflict, great dialogue and many romantic interludes. Right from the beginning, the reader knows who the heroine and hero will be, but it is refreshing to have surprises at each turn. Miss Susanna Finch manages the small town of Spindle Cove believing she is helping young ladies recover and maintain a happy and safe life. Lieutenant Colonel Victor Bramwell would prefer to put this sleepy town behind him and return to the fighting on the Continent. How could these two possibly work? If you enjoy Sabrina Jeffries or Elizabeth Boyle, you will definitely enjoy Tessa Dare.

Reviewed by Sally W., Mint Hill Branch

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