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March 29, 2016

New Finley Library Board  Chairperson, Carolyn Paulsen, wonders if there is anyone out there in reader-land that would be interested in becoming a librarian at Finley Library.  There will be some training involved, so you don't have to feel like you will be going into the situation cold and, if you wish, you need do no more than take books in and check them out and be friendly!  Contact Carolyn at 524-2670, if you would like to become involved or you can leave your name with the on duty librarian on open days (Thursday 6:30-8:00 pm and Fridays 2:00-5:00 pm)

Looks like there will probably be an Open House in the Finley Library's future, but the time is a bit up in the air as yet.  Watch this column for the time and come.

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Here's a couple reviews:

The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans.  (HC/LP)  (no series) (2015)  Kim Rossi, a finance officer at a car dealership, has a dream to become a writer of romance novels.  She furthers her skills at a writers' workshop being held for a week in Vermont at the Mistletoe Inn.  Another reason she wanted to attend is that she has been impressed with the speaker, a man she considers to be her writing inspiration, author H. T. Cowell.  He had completely disappeared from the writing scene for over a decade and no one knows why.  When she arrived, however, the other guests were taking bets on whether he would actually appear as he had cancelled on so many previous occasions.  Still, she finds there is plenty to do and keeps busy learning new things.  When she is paired with another writer named Zeke, she does as directed and allows him to read her nearly completed manuscript.  She asks him to be honest, but when he is she finds the critique very hard to accept and follows her hurt feelings by not meeting him or accepting his calls for further sessions.  Obviously, Kim has a back story with reasons--good to her--why she reacts to criticism  the way she does.  She puts all her hopes, then, into meeting H. T. Cowell, so she will get something (in her mind) out of the week.  This is a lovely love story of a Father and his daughter, a man and a woman and a blossoming love of oneself--perhaps the hardest of all.  Very enjoyable and was over way too fast!

Midnight Rain by Dee Davis.  (PB)  (no series)  (2002)  Though I thought this would be a true mystery when I chose it, it is not.  It  is a romance/suspense/mystery (in that order), and the heroine, Katie Cavenaugh, is certainly guided by her emotions almost completely, although her FBI training did kick in for the last 20-30 pages.  Jonathon Brighton, CEO of the Guardian Organization, finds himself on a deserted road in Mexico, wondering what in the world he is doing there on a vacation he neither wanted or needed, having let himself be talked into it by co-workers and friends.  The next thing he remembers is waking up in a hospital with a bullet lodged in his brain and his memory gone.  He is in need of physical therapy to help him learn to use the left side of his body again.  Enter undercover FBI agent Cavenaugh who--as a physical therapist--is sent to find Jonathan's (who now calls himself John) involvement in a North Korean mafia scheme to gain blueprints of the United States Department of Defense.  There is already dislike/disagreement between Cavenaugh and her boss from her last case, but it is deeper than that as the reader will learn.  Meanwhile, the reader also sees all the flawed characters that work in the upper echelons of Guardian.  All of them could be the person behind this entire scheme, but all the evidence points to Jonathan/John Brighton.  You can see where this is going...




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