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Check It Out. . .August 2011

Written By: Deb Lawson - Aug• 18•11

I long for bing cherries all winter.  Then it’s sweet corn, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.  It won’t be long and I’ll probably be longing for warmer weather.  But, on one thing I’m consistent.  I’m always looking forward to the new books by my favorite authors.

Karen Harper is one of those.  In The Hiding Place she writes about Tara Kinsale.  After spending nine months in a coma, Tara awakes to devastating news.  Her husband has divorced her for another woman. Her best friend, Alexis, has been murdered, leaving Tara as guardian to her daughter, Claire.   Forced to start over, Tara focuses on reopening her P.I. firm and caring for Claire.  But soon her world is shattered again when Nick MacMahon, Claire’s uncle, returns from military service in Afghanistan to take guardianship of his niece.  Working with Nick, a man haunted by his own past, Tara begins to investigate the missing months of her life.  Can they keep Claire safe?  What happened those many months ago?  Find out by reading this intriguing novel.

One of the best books I’ve ever read was written by Joyce Meyer called Any Minute.  Sarah Harper is driven to achieve success no matter what the cost.  She wants to do good and not hurt the people she loves-especially her husband and children-but her desire to succeed in her career too often leaves little time for family.  One cold, rainy, autumn morning, all of that changes when Sarah’s car plunges off a bridge and into a river.  “The Lincoln’s nose struck cold water at full velocity.  Metal sheered off.  She tasted blood.  Adrenaline shot through her.  “I’m in trouble”, she thought.  When she tried to scream for help, nothing came.  She tried to kick herself free.  One last time she tried to unfasten the seat belt on her own, holding her breath.  She was losing her bearings fast.  I’m in trouble.  Her last thought.”  As rescuers search desperately for her body, Sarah’s spirit is still very much alive.  What she discovers transforms everything about Sarah’s view of life-past, present, and future.  And the unsuspecting world around her will never be the same again.

Married off at a tender age to a harsh, older widower, Lydia Gray can’t help but feel a measure of relief when an accident claims his life.  What happens next, however, is a surprise to everyone.  Through an unforeseen fluke, Lydia finds herself the sole recipient of her late husband’s fortune.  But instead of granting her security, strife ensues as her adult stepchildren battle to regain the inheritance for themselves.  Lydia longs to wash her hands of the situation and determines to join her aunt in peaceful Sitka, Alaska, putting financial decisions in the hands of her lawyer.  Enjoy this historical fiction, Dawn’s Prelude, in the Alaska Series by Tracie Peterson.  Lydia is bound to her past as never before. . . but what more must she sacrifice?   Find out – come in and Check It Out. . .

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