November 26, 2017

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren presents flawed characters who realize their mistakes and continue to trust God’s plan for a future. Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson left the limelight behind and remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana’s rugged mountains, serving on the PEAK Rescue team. When a US Senator’s brother goes missing, Gage undertakes the rescue that becomes more complicated when the bossy, beautiful senator decides to join the search.

Holly and Ivy by Fern Michaels shares a heartwarming story of secret wishes and family lost and found. Still grieving the loss of her husband and daughter years before, Ivy Macintosh faces yet another holiday season alone, when eleven-year-old Holly knocks on her door, lost and frightened. As Christmas nears, the concern Ivy and Holly’s father share for the child begins to draw Ivy out of her grief and toward a family who needs her just as much as she needs them.

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin Captures the mood of current politics and the double standards alive and well in the life of every woman. Congressional intern Aviva Grossman realizes an illicit affair with her boss is a life-changing mistake. Changing her name and moving to a remote town in Maine, she tries to start over, be smarter, and raise her daughter to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, Aviva decides to run for public office herself, that long ago mistake trails her via the internet like a scarlet A.

It’s My Country Too by Jerri Bell & Tracy Crow delivers an inspiring anthology of the noteworthy experiences and contributions of women in the American military, in their own words, from the Revolutionary War to the present wars in the Middle East. Stories from women who often broke with social norms and at great personal peril include those of Harriet Tubman, WWII’s Inga Fredriksen Ferris, and Iraqi War psychologist LtCdr. Heidi Squier Kraft.

Megafire by journalist and forest-fire expert Michael Kodas brilliantly explores the rising phenomenon of large-scale fires, the damage they cause, and the firsthand, heroic efforts of the firefighters and scientists racing to stop, or at least tame, these deadly flames. Through a prism of perspectives, Kodas zeroes in on a handful of the most recent terrifying and tumultuous fires including Arizona’s Yarnell Hill Fire and the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs.

Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines, walks alongside the author as he relives some of his craziest antics and lessons learned as a serial entrepreneur, before becoming a star on HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that despite his daredevil personality and willingness to do (or eat!) just about anything, that the most important thing was to take that first step, and never give up.