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“Father’s Day” by Debbie Macomber

Robin Masterson’s 10-year-old son, Jeff, thinks he needs a dog more than anything in the world and there just happens to be one right next door. Unfortunately the friendly black Lab belongs to Cole Camden, the unfriendliest man in the neighborhood. Cole wasn’t always been so unfriendly. The deaths of his wife and son have made him bitter. Robin can certainly understand this as her husband died when Jeff was just a baby, leaving a hole in her heart. Jeff won’t give up his quest for a dog and now his mom and Cole are looking at each other in a whole new way.

“Crossroads of Twilight” by Robert Jordan

Mat Cauthon is fleeing from Ebou Dar with the kidnapped Daughter of the Nine Moons. He learns that he can neither safely keep her nor let her go, for both the Shadow and the might of the Seanchan Empire are in deadly pursuit. Perrin Aybara seeks to free his wife, Faile, a captive of the Shaido, but his only hope may be an alliance with the enemy. Can he remain true to his friend Rand and to himself? In Andor, Elayne Trakand fights for the Lion Throne that is hers by right, but enemies surround her, plotting her destruction. If she fails, Andor may fall to the Shadow, and the Dragon Reborn with it. Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn himself, has cleansed the Dark One’s taint from the male half of the True Source, and everything has changed. Now, Rand must gamble again, with himself at stake, and he cannot be sure which of his allies are really enemies.

“Sting” by Sandra Brown

When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes in a bar, something sparks. Shaw is a man who gives off a dangerous vibe that makes other men stand back and women take notice. But Jordie has no idea that Shaw Kinnard is here to kill her. As Shaw takes aim, Jordie is certain her time has come. Instead, Shaw has other plans. He abducts her hoping to get his hands on the $30 million her brother has stolen. But he isn’t the only one. Jordie’s brother made a deal with the FBI, but his ruthless boss will stop at nothing to find the money first. Now on the run from the feds and a notorious criminal, Jordie and Shaw must rely on their wits to stay alive. Miles away from civilization and surrounded by swampland, Jordie and Shaw play each other against their common enemies. Jordie’s only chance of survival is to outwit Shaw, but he suspects her from the start. Was she in on her brother’s scam, or is she an innocent pawn in this deadly vendetta? Just how valuable is her life to Shaw? Burning for answers the unlikely pair ultimately make a desperate move that could be their last.

“The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again” by Nancy Thayer

After 18 years of trying to make peace with her husband’s cold-as-ice mother, Polly vows to be the perfect mother-in-law, loving, accepting and determined to keep her mouth shut. Then her son marries Amy, a Birkenstock gal whose organic farm and family ooze a rather creepy serenity. Ever the optimist, Polly puts her best foot forward, so why does it end up in her mouth? Beth has lived a sheltered life. Then she meets Sonny, a carpenter who sweeps her off her feet. The problem is she may not survive his loud, affectionate and athletic family, especially when the very beautiful and earthy woman everybody wanted Sonny to marry is still hanging around the family dinner table. Heiress to one of New England’s oldest paper companies, Carolyn is the driving force behind the brand. Now, at 37, the workaholic executive is finally pregnant with her first child, and high blood pressure is forcing her to do something totally alien, relax. How can she let down her guard when her father has gone and eloped with a young bank clerk named Heather, whose rather plain looks and unassuming nature manage to fill Carolyn with suspicion? Julia has married a man she loves, but he’s come packed with baggage. Tim is a widower with a young daughter, and Julia has bravely stepped up to the plate, doing her best to provide maternal support. As if being pinned down by the child’s slightly manipulative ways and spoiled behavior wasn’t enough, there’s Tim’s ex-mother-in-law, whose meddling is getting nastier by the week. For Polly, Beth, Carolyn and Julia, the time has come to stand up for all that matters, passions, hearts, and themselves. As they maneuver through family drama and embrace unexpected change, they come to find that life is much easier when you’ve got friends, wine and chocolate along for the ride.

“Hot Pursuit” by Suzanne Brockmann

As team leader of the popular personal security company Troubleshooters Inc., Alyssa Locke is no stranger to dealing with danger. Her next assignment, though, is supposed to be a breeze, teach self-defense techniques to an assemblywoman and her chief of staff after a political controversy generates a blizzard of hate mail which includes death threats. While in New York City, Alyssa and her squad of Navy SEALs discover a dead body, then another one. While investigating a suspect, Alyssa is ambushed and finds herself imprisoned by the deranged serial killer she’s been after for years, The Dentist. Cut off from everyone, Alyssa must call upon all of her strength and skill to survive this confrontation with the sadistic monster, meanwhile trusting that her Troubleshooter teammates will reach her before it’s too late.

“Prodigal Summer” by Barbara Kingsolver

Three stories of love are woven the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia. Deanna Wolfe, a wildlife biologist, watches the forest from her outpost in an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo. Eddie is a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and confound her self-assured, solitary life. On a farm several miles down the mountain, another web of lives unfolds as Lusa Maluf Landowski, city girl turned farmer’s wife, finds herself unexpectedly marooned in a strange place where she must declare or lose her attachment to the land. And still a few more miles down the road, a pair of elderly, feuding neighbors tend their respective farms and wrangle about God, pesticides and the complexities of a world neither of them expected. What they discover is embedded inside countless intimate lessons of biology, the realities of small farming, and the final, urgent truth that humans are only one part of life on earth.

“Trap the Devil” by Ben Coes

A group of some of the most powerful people in the government, the military and the private sector has begun a brutal plan to quietly take over the reins of the U.S. government. They’ve begun to remove the people who stand in their way and replace them with their own sympathizers and puppets. They’ve already taken out the Speaker of the House, whose death was made to look like an accidental drowning. Now the president and vice president are next. Once they have their own people in place, they plan to start a bloody, brutal war on an unimaginable scale. On restricted duty while he recovers from injuries incurred on a previous mission, Dewey Andreas is sent to Paris by CIA director Hector Calibrisi. The Secretary of State is going there for secret talks, and Dewey is to be an extra layer of security above the State Department team. What should be an easy mission couldn’t go more wrong. The cabal has sent in a hit man to take out the Secretary of State and lay the blame for this murder at the feet of Dewey himself. With the Secretary of State dead, shot by Dewey’s weapon, Dewey is on the run and out in the cold, desperately trying to unravel the plot before the conspirators succeed in killing millions of innocents.

“The Washington Decree” by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Sixteen years before Democratic Senator Bruce Jansen was elected president of the United States, a PR stunt brought together five very different people, 14-year-old Dorothy “Doggie” Rogers, Sheriff T. Perkins, single mom Rosalie Lee, well-known journalist John Bugatti, and the teenage son of one of Jansen’s employees, Wesley Barefoot. In spite of their differences, the five remain bonded by their shared experience and devotion to their candidate. For Doggie, who worked the campaign trail with Wesley, Jansen’s election is a personal victory a job in the White House, proof to her Republican father that she was right to support Jansen, and the rise of an intelligent, clear-headed leader with her same ideals. However triumph is short-lived Jansen’s pregnant wife is assassinated on election night, and the alleged mastermind behind the shooting is none other than Doggie’s own father. When Jansen ascends to the White House, he is a changed man, determined to end gun violence by any means necessary. Rights are taken away as quickly as weapons. International travel becomes impossible. Checkpoints and roadblocks destroy infrastructure. The media is censored. Militias declare civil war on the government. The country is in chaos, and Jansen’s former friends each find themselves fighting a very different battle, for themselves, their rights and their country and, in Doggie’s case, the life of her father, who just may be innocent.

“The Third to Die” by Allison Brennan

Detective Kara Quinn, on leave from the LAPD, is on an early morning jog in her hometown of Liberty Lake when she comes upon the body of a young nurse. The manner of death shows a pattern of controlled rage. In the meantime FBI special agent Mathias Costa is staffing his newly minted Mobile Response Team. Soon Matt learns that the Liberty Lake murder fits the profile of the compulsive Triple Killer. It will be the first case for the MRT. This time they have a chance to stop this elusive killer before he strikes again. But they need to find out who and where he is, before he disappears for another three years. The stakes are higher than ever before, because if they fail, one of their own will be next.

“The Protective One” by Shelley Shepard Gray

The tragic and untimely death of an old friend has made Elizabeth Anne rethink not only her priorities but her courtship with David. Though he’s Mennonite like herself and has her parents’ approval, she feels that a spark is missing. Desperate for a change, she breaks things off, wondering if, perhaps, she’s the one who’s missing a spark. When her family becomes upset with her decision, she turns to her friends for support. One of them is Will, a man with a good heart who has always been there for her. As the two bond over their shared struggle to navigate a future that everyone else seems to have figured out, they are surprised to realize that they have feelings for each other. Soon Elizabeth Anne’s world takes a sudden turn when she realizes that she’s not the only one struggling. It seems that Marta, one of her sewing students, is in desperate need of protection. With the aid of Will and several other friends, Elizabeth Anne begins a journey that is more difficult and rewarding than she could have ever imagined, one that ultimately enables her to find everything she’s been searching for.

Jeanie Sluck is the director of the Taylor Community Library.

Jeanie Sluck is the director of the Taylor Community Library.

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