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Holly McLain

Adult Services  |  February 2020

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
There are several books by Jane Austen that I enjoy, but this is my favorite.  I first discovered this book in the school library (LEMS) when I was in Junior High.


2. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
This book was also discovered in the LEMS library.  Although, I have not returned to this book as often as other books it remains a favorite.  This was the book that made me realize I love a book that interweaves a good story with history, legends and facts.


3. The Sword of Truth by Gilbert Morris
This is the first book in the Wakefield Dynasty, a generational saga with Elizabeth I, William Tyndale, the nobility, the lower-classes, romance, and christian beliefs.


4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
This is the 4th in the Harry Potter series, but my favorite.  


5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Over the years I have read this book many times to all six of my nieces and nephews.

Below are some of my all time favorite books.  These are books that I have read multiple times over the years.  Sometimes I will return to one of the books, and only read part of the book, and other times I will listen to an audio version to experience the book in a different way.  These books always take me to the world created in the book and remind me of that time in my life when I first picked up the book.

Rebecca Bowman

Library Assistant  |  April 2020

1.   A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist
When Lady Constance Morrow finds herself kidnapped and bound for the American colonies, she's sure she'll find a reasonable man who'll believe her story and send her back to England. Instead, she's "bought" by farmer Drew O'Connor. Constance is everything Drew despises in a wife, she can't cook and she prefers mathematical equations to cleaning. Worst of all she has red hair!!  


2.   Danger In The Shadows by Dee Henderson
Sara is terrified. She's doing the one thing she cannot afford to do: fall in love with former pro-football player Adam Black, a man everyone knows. Sara's been hidden away in the witness protection program, her safety dependent on staying invisible—and loving Adam could get her killed!  


3. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Redeeming Love is my most favorite book. This is a powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea. A story of God’s unconditional love.  Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside. Then she meets Michael Hosea, a man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything. Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally.    


4.  Fancy Pants by Cathy Marie Hake
Stranded in America and penniless, Britisher Lady Sydney Hathwell contacts a relative in Texas, who mistakes her male-sounding name and invites his "nephew" to his ranch, but, appalled when she arrives, "Big Tim" Creighton is determined to turn Fancy Pants Hathwell into a man before the boss returns home.    


5.   A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson
Marty Dandridge Olson is ready to leave behind the pain of the past. - Answering an advertisement for a "Lone Star bride," she leaves her Texas ranch and heads to Denver to marry a man she doesn't know. Together Jake and Marty agree they are done with romance and love and will make this nothing more than a marriage of convenience.      

Kathy Baker

Interlibrary Loan  |  March 2020

This is a list of some of my favorite books:

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1. Defending Jacob (2012) by William Landay
This is one of those books that you don't forget. It's a Legal Thriller that tells the story of a father dealing with the accusation that his 14 year old son is a murderer. I am really looking forward to the movie that is coming out April 24, 2020!


2. One Day in December by Josie Silver
Do you believe in love at first sight? I ordered this book for a ladies book club at work. There was one left over and I thought it sounded good. This book is about female friendship being as important as romantic love


3. A Man Called Ove (2012) by Fredrik Backman
This was recommended to me by my 85 year old Aunt in California. It's funny, sad and just might make you relate differently to the cranky/difficult people in your life


4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
This was recommended by two sister in laws and my niece. It's about a young girl that basically grows up alone in the wild marshlands after being abandoned by her family. And I do love a surprise ending!  


5. Little Women by Louisa Mae Alcott
This is a great classic and after you read the book, I highly recommend watching the new "Little Women" movie that is out now. It's a great way to bring them all to life again.

Jennifer Keagle

Collection Development  |  May 2020

1.   Where the Crawdad's Sing by Delia Owens
This book was recommended to me by multiple people.  I love a good “who done it” book. This is now my most favorite book!


2.   The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
This book is a historical fiction set in France during the Nazi invasion. I like how this book shows the strength of the women living in this time.  


3. The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar
This is a historical fiction set during WWII with some romance woven throughout.  This book talks about a piece of history that is not highlighted very often.  I learned about the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) because of this book.  It is inspiring to me because of the amount of courage these women pilots had during such a difficult time.


4.   The Montana Rescue Series by Susan May Warren
I really enjoy this series because it is easy to read and is a clean read. It’s romance and suspense all in one. I enjoyed reading from all the characters different viewpoints in this series.


5.   Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
This book is great for women looking to be motivated. If you feel like you are in a slump and are feeling bad about not being able to do everything for everyone all the time, this book is for you! I highly recommend the audio version.  She is hilarious!


Danielle Folsom

Interlibrary Loan  |  June 2020

1.  Dee Henderson
She is the first author I read in the "Inspirational Romantic Suspense" genre and I read through her books quickly and couldn't wait for more.


2.  Irene Hannon
Started reading her books from a recommendation that she was similar to Dee Henderson. Fell in love with her books and it could be said she is my "favorite living author"


3. Mary Higgins Clark
She is one of the first mystery writers that I read. I started one of her books that I found on a free shelf somewhere and could not put it down! I quickly "binged" through all the books she had written. I was very sad that she passed away this year.


4.  Harry Potter Series
This is a series that I will ALWAYS go back to when I need a good book to read.


5.   Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos
I read this book before becoming a foster/adoptive mother and it could not have been a more perfect representation of what it is like to, very suddenly, become a mom. It was sad, funny, and poignant.