Lisa ScottolineSynopsis: When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will cause his wife Chloe and newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as as warrior, but a healer. However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suEleven-year-old Michael Murray is the best at two things: hacky sack and keeping secrets. His family thinks he's too young to hear grown-up stuff, but he listens at doors--it's the only way to find out anything. And Michael's heard a secret, one that may explain the bruises on his mother's face. When the whispers at home and on the street become too loud to ignore, Michael begins to wonder if there is an even bigger secret he doesn't know about. Scared of what might happen if anyone finds out, and desperate for life to return to normal, Michael sets out to piece together the truth.Christy Says: This was my first novel by Lisa Scottoline, a new favorite author! I very much enjoyed the thrill of this book, it kept me engaged and emotionally invested from beginning to end, my fingers could not turn the pages fast enough. The tragedy of war and its effects on the family is powerfully detailed, as well as the strength and determination we are all capable of when faced with sorrow and misfortune.Call Number: THR F SCO
The Light Between Oceans
Synopsis: After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Shelbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shores leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principals have stood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgement, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
Donna Says: This debut novel lingered on my Goodreads “To Read” pile for several years. I considered removing it from the list but decided that I would read Erik Larson’s Dead Wake, which takes place during WW I as a companion book to The Light Between Oceans, which is set shortly after WW I. Hatred and the tremendous loss and suffering from this war triggers a horrible event that leads to difficult choices, tragedy and loss. It is a story of betrayal and forgiveness. Recommended for readers who enjoy the moral dilemmas in Jodi Picoult’s work.
Call Number: F STE
Synopsis: After ICU doctor, Charlotte Reese is put in charge of an unidentified hit-and-run victim whose operation leaves her in a coma, her usual professional distance evaporates as she fights to find out what went wrong and finds herself making increasingly complicated decisions that will tie her forever to the patient's fate: Who is this patient? Who should decide her fate if she doesn't regain consciousness and ultimately, is a life locked in a coma worth living?
Call Number: F CAS
The House at Tyneford
Synopsis: It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen- year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. But war is coming, and the world is changing. When the Master of Tyneford’s young son, Kit, returns home, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford – and Elise – forever.
Megan Says: The House at Tyneford is a beautiful story about love and loss. In reading some of the reviews about this book several people stated they did not care for the main character Elise; they called her unlikeable. I was quite surprised by this because I found Elise to be very likeable. She is a strong willed woman who stands down to no one. She has very clear convictions and standards. This is exactly the type of woman I love and respect. Also, I found it fascinating that Tyneford is based on a real place that still exists in England today, the “ghost village” of Tyneham on the Dorset coast.
Call Number: F SOL
The Pursuit of Mary Bennett
Synopsis: For most of her life Mary Bennett has been an object of ridicule. With a notable absence of the social graces, she has been an embarrassment to her family on more than one occasion. But lately, Mary has changed. She’s matured and attained a respectable, if somewhat unpolished, decorum. But her peace and contentment are shattered when her sister Lydia turns up-very pregnant and separated from Wickham. Mary and Kitty are bustled off to stay with Jane and her husband. It is there that Mary meets Henry Walsh, whose attentions confound her. Unschooled in the game of love, her heart and her future are at risk. Is she worthy of love or should she take the safer path? In her journey of self-acceptance, she discovers the answer.
Nina Says: Mingle hits all the right beats fans of Austen love and expect. Love and family is pitted against the biggest struggle we often have: with ourselves. I admit I’ve always had a soft spot for Mary, the epitome of the neglected middle child, and was so glad to see a book that shines a light on her. Mingle doesn’t change how Mary is in Pride and Prejudice. She simply lets her grow up into a sharply witty woman worthy of her own love story.
Call Number: F MIN
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Synopsis: On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds” – the faster liner then in service – and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walter Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, and array of forces both grand and achingly small – hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more – all converged to produce one of the greatest disasters in history.
Randall Says: Recounting the final, doomed voyage of the Lusitania, Dead Wake is page-turning history. Larson weaves together a compelling account that spans continents and features many notable figures such as Winston Churchill, U-boat captain Walter Schwieger, and William Thomas Turner. The chapters on submarine warfareand the terrible conditions endured by German crews are fascinating. Thrilling and impeccably researched, Larson is a master of narrative nonfiction.
Call Number: 940.451 LAR