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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Some more for September

I have spent the entire week transferring many of our downloadable audio books from one vendor to another. I think I now need new glasses from close reading of fine lines. Anyway, that doesn't mean we don't have more September titles to talk about because we definitely do. Here I go:

Sandra Dallas has The Last Midwife coming on September 29. Dallas' specialty is writing about women in the historical west. Here, Gracy Brookens is the only midwife in town and has delivered hundreds of babies. Now, she is accused of killing one. Really well reviewed.

Christina Dodd brings us Obsession Falls on September 8. This is the second novel set in the town of Virtue Falls. Taylor Summers tries to rescue a kidnapped boy and somehow ends up as the one police think is the kidnapper. She escapes and eventually comes to Virtue Falls with a changed name and history. Will her past catch up to her? Advertised as romantic suspense but it is definitely more suspense than romance. Good characters and great plot.

Shelley Shepard Gray returns with her third book in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series with A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn on September 15. This is really an Amish Brady Bunch. 2 widowers, Emma Keim with her 3 daughters and Jay Hilty with his 3 sons, become friends even though Emma's parents are not pleased. Can it become more than friendship? Gray has a devoted following and they have LOVED this series and this title in particular.

JoJo Moyes has After You coming on September 29. This is the sequel to the very popular Me Before You. Louisa Clark is trying to learn to go on without Will Traynor from the previous novel when an accident forces her to move back home. She joins a support group and meets Sam Fielding. Can she move on? A novel that makes you laugh and cry.

On September 1, Jonathan Frazen, THE literary author of our time, has Purity arriving. Once again, Frazen begins with a family but in this book, he travels the world and uses connected plots to infuse his story with the major issues of the day. Never really displaying mothers as perfect characters, in this one Purity - nicknamed Pip, has a mother who won't help her financially, won't tell her who her father is, and is definition of the word manipulative. Pip has over $130,000 worth of education debt and is squatting with anarchists in foreclosed homes in Oakland, Ca. She takes a job with the Sunlight Project which tries to use the Internet to unearth the world's secrets. The overall theme of the title is purity but surprise - no one is really 'pure'. The reviewer in the Washington Post says "Franzen writes with a perfectly balanced fluency that has sometimes eluded him in the past." A hefty novel at almost 600 pages, if you are in for some literary reading discussing the web and privacy and today's social media, this is definitely the book for you.

OK - that's it for now. Hope you all find something good here.

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