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Fifield, Richard
The flood girls

Welcome to Quinn, Montana, population: 956.  Rachel Flood returns home, hoping to make amends for a trail of chaos she left nine years earlier.

Patrick, Phaedra.
The curious charms of Arthur Pepper

Arthur Pepper has barely been living since his wife dies, but when he finds a charm bracelet that he hadn't known about, he follows their clues to new places and people.

Zevin, Gabrielle.
The storied life of A.J. Fikry

 
 
When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.

Allen, Sarah Addison.
Garden spells

 The Waverlys are considered a curious family in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina and their garden has a reputation for growing mystical plants. Claire's rebellious sister Sydney returns home with her young daughter, turning Claire's life upside down.

Woods, Sherryl.
The Calamity Janes

Two tales of fierce friends facing challenges in life and love.

Kilpatrick, Sally.
The Happy Hour Choir

Albom, Mitch
The magic strings of Frankie Presto

Sent to America at age nine with nothing but an old guitar, Frankie Presto achieves success on the mid-twentieth-century music scene before becoming overburdened by his ability to affect people's futures through his music.

Simsion, Graeme C.
The Rosie project

Don Tillman sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife. His starts off with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along, especially once he meets Rosie. Rosie is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father. Of course it helps that he is a Professor of Genetics so know a things or two about DNA and how to obtain it.

Kline, Christina Baker
Orphan train

A story of friendship and two resilient women.  Molly is a teenage foster child who does community service work for an elderly widow.  When the two are cleaning out Vivian's attic, the story of Vivian's immigration from Ireland to Minnesota on the Orphan Train during the Dirty Thirties comes to light, and the two women find they have more in common than they realized.

Joyce, Rachel.
The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn't heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wants to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie--who is 600 miles away.

Binchy, Maeve.
A week in winter

I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to read a book by Mauve Binchy, but I am very glad I did. There are several characters in this book, all from very different walks of life, who all find themselves in the same seaside stone castle in Ireland. The castle has recently become a resort, run by a Chicky Starr, a local girl, who wants to give her visitors a chance to be restored by the vast landscape, the sea air and the exotic birds. Truth be told, I felt restored by just reading about the place. The characters, although succinctly described, somehow are able to leap from the pages. I would recommend this book to anyone on the lookout for a good story with heart, or to anyone who is drawn to all things Irish.
Jennifer (Staff) (Clemens Mill Library)

Morais, Richard C.
The hundred-foot journey

I enjoyed this book a lot. It will appeal to foodies and travelers with its descriptions of Indian and French Cuisine and their respective locales. When I started reading it, I kept checking to see if it had been mistakenly categorized as fiction because it felt like a biography. The protagonist's voice was most authentic. It is a delightful yet poignant story of a family and their restaurant business and a young man's superior talent.
Angela Caretta (Staff) (Hespeler Library)

Lee, Ashton.
The reading circle

"In Cherico, Mississippi, Maura has won a year's reprieve from the chopping block for her underfunded library. But when a violent storm damages the library, Councilman Sparks resumes his campaign to shut down the library for good. Maura and the Cherry Cola Book Club will learn that the best stories have twists and heroes one never expected"--Provided by publisher.

Crothers, Tim.
The queen of Katwe

Subtitled : a story of life, chess, and one extraordinary girl's rise from an African slum.

McCall Smith, Alexander
Blue shoes and happiness

Precious Ramotswe must deal with a cobra in her office, information that a local medical clinic is recording faulty blood pressure readings, and the rather curt advice of Botswana's newest advice columnist. Meanwhile, Precious' assistant begins to wonder if her fiancé is having second thoughts about their engagement.

Evans, Richard Paul.
The walk

Simon, Rachel
Riding the bus with my sister

"Rachel Simon's sister Beth is a spirited woman who lives intensely and often joyfully. Beth, who has an intellectual disability, spends her days riding the buses in her unnamed Pennsylvania city. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers are her community. One day, Beth asks Rachel to accompany her on the buses for an entire year. This wise, funny, deeply affecting true story is the chronicle of that remarkable time. Rachel, a writer and college teacher whose hyperbusy life camouflaged her emotional isolation, had much to learn in her sister's extraordinary world."