Book Club – Painted Dresses

Dear Readers,

So tell me what you think so far.  What do you think of Gaylen?  Do you understand her relationship with her sister?  Her Family?

Do you think you would like Gaylen if she was a real person?  Do you know anyone like her?  As you have learned her story do you understand her more?

I know when I started the book I had a terrible time feeling sorry for any of the family.  The Syler family sounds like a family I would avoid getting to know.

Happy Reading,

Lauren K. Denton

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New Release – Jody Hedlund

With You Always – Jody Hedlund

One of the many immigrants struggling to survive in 1850s New York, Elise Neumann knows she must take action to care for her younger sisters. She finds a glimmer of hope when the New York Children’s Aid Society starts sending skilled workers to burgeoning towns out west. But the promise of the society’s orphan trains is not all that it seems.

Born into elite New York society, Thornton Quincy possesses everything except the ability to step out from his brother’s shadow. When their ailing father puts forth a unique challenge to determine who will inherit his railroad-building empire, Thornton finally sees his chance. The conditions to win? Be the first to build a sustainable community along the Illinois Central Railroad and find a suitable wife.

Thrown together against all odds, Elise and Thornton couldn’t be from more different worlds. The spark that ignites between them is undeniable, but how can they let it grow when that means forfeiting everything they’ve been working toward?

New Releases May 15 – 20

Dear Readers,

Memorial day and the unofficial start of summer is rapidly approaching.  Which means the start of summer reading.  Do you have your list already?  I keep adding to mine.

Happy Reading,

Wings of the Winds – Connilyn Cossette – #3 Out of Egypt – Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving. Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.

A Love so True – Melissa Jagears – #2 Teaville Society – Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town’s red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn’t limited to orphans. The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well–if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community.

Trusting Grace – Maggie Brendan – Virtues and Vices of the Old West – All of her life, Grace Bidwell has longed for a loving husband and children, but now the chances of her dreams coming true are looking slim. Widowed and caring for her elderly father, she struggles to maintain her late husband’s ranch, until she places an ad for a hired hand.  Robert Frasier arrives in town with three pitiful, bedraggled children who have nothing but the tattered clothes on their backs and a load of hurt, pride, and anger. Believing this is divine intervention in her life, Grace welcomes them with open arms.

True to You – Becky Wade – #1 A Bradford Sisters Romance – After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.  Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The Homestead – Linda Byler – #1 the Dakota Series -Hannah is a fifteen-year-old Amish girl who lives on her family’s farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When her family, hit hard by the Great Depression, loses their farm, Hannah’s father decides it’s time for a fresh start. Destitute but inspired by grand plans and dreams of a better future west of Lancaster, he loads his family and what little they have left into their covered wagon.

Book Club

Dear Readers,

Time for a new book.  Now I am going out on a limb a little as I am picking a book that was originally printed in 2008.  But it is a book that has stuck with me through out the years and I often talk about it.  It is also one that doesn’t show up in our used book department so I know those that buy it keep it.

I have ordered copies of 9781400071999 Painted Dresses by Patricia Hickman for our shelves here at the store and will have them soon.   Let me know if you need a copy and I will hold one for you.

Painted Dresses will not be an easy read, but it is so good.  Gaylen Syler-Boatwright needs to leave her crumbling marriage.  She runs to her late aunt’s mountain cottage.  What she finds there will change what she thought she knew about her family.

Happy Reading,