April 9, 2017

Faithful by Alice Hoffman immerses the reader in this portrait of a young woman finding her way in the world after an extraordinary tragedy leaves her with a burden of guilt, turning her life inside out. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future and finds a circle of lost and found souls–including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful day.

Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig propels Cole “Tox” Russell into action with FBI agent Kasey Cortes to tackle a globe-spanning search for answers and a cure, for a once dormant, centuries-old disease. It slowly becomes clear they’re not just fighting a plague –but an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden, but time is running out and they discover the key they’re looking for may rest in an antique codex, the Crown of Jerusalem.

Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman journeys into an apocalyptic nightmare when the flash of a solar flare wipes out modern technology and most of the power grid, throwing a once familiar world into chaos and changing life for the residents of a small Texas town. As one single mom fights to provide the now priceless medication her diabetic son requires, the entire community employs faith, humor, and friendship to make survival possible.

Your First Garden by Judith Adam is worth its weight in gold, outlining the basic steps toward transforming an empty yard into a welcoming, appealing space, explaining the basic elements of landscape design and garden creation: scale and balance, color selection, and architectural features, including plant selections that are inexpensive and easy to grow.

A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans shares the unforgettable, true tale of a wolf who returned, again and again, to interact with the people and dogs of Juneau. At first, the residents were guarded, torn between shoot first, ask questions later instincts and curiosity, but as Romeo began to tag along with cross-country skiers on their daily jaunts, play fetch with local dogs, or simply lie nearby and nap under the sun, they came to accept Romeo, and he them.

The following three titles navigate the world of human relationships, designed for those interested in or challenged by the complexities of interacting with others in everyday life. Suddenly Single After 50 by Barbara Ballinger and Margaret Crane, Overcoming Toxic Parenting by Rick Johnson, and Safe People: How to Find Relationships That are Good for You by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, each tackles a complex theme and provide supportive information to flourish in difficult circumstances, and live as overcomers.