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Note to Shelf: July 13th Edition

Can you believe we’re halfway through July? As noted in the Farmer’s Almanac, July is the hottest month of the year; thunderstorms are nearly as abundant as ants at a picnic! Our warm summer days make it the perfect time to celebrate National Ice Cream month. Does your favorite flavor line up with your state’s? Check here to discover if it does.   We are excited to have completed our first full week of Darien Library Express Service, and books are flying off the shelves. Please stop in to visit; we are now open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It has been so nice to see everyone after a long hiatus, and we look forward to sharing some of our go-to summer reads in person. Don’t forget to join our Adult Summer Reading 2020 challenge. The first raffle drawing is Friday, July 17th. You can play online or turn in your completed game cards at the Welcome Desk for your chance to win.

Are you looking to lose yourself in an engaging Historical Fiction story then check out this week's featured booklist.   Now let’s check out what our librarians are reading!

Babs

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is one scary love triangle in which you won't know whom to trust. This story is about a wife and mother, Vanessa, whose husband decides to replace her with a younger woman. Needless to say, Vanessa is not handling the situation very well. She's obsessing about the new girlfriend way too much and there's something about the manner in which the story is told that suggests to the reader that Vanessa isn’t sharing the whole story. When she finds out her ex-husband has married her replacement, she totally loses it, and her behavior results in a restraining order being issued against her—which makes it impossible for her to get her children back.

I don't want to give the story away but let's just say there are many twists and you really have to pay attention. I was completely blindsided by the ending; I never saw it coming! All in all, this is the perfect beach read to keep you from dozing off in the sun!

Virginia

Are you ready for some royal dish? Then look no further than The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. This sequel to The Royal We exceeds expectations, with juicy scandals, fractured relationships, baby fever, and a decades-old secret that threatens the future of the monarchy. The Heir Affair doesn’t miss a beat, picking up right where The Royal We left off… following the scandalous end to the wedding of American Rebecca “Bex” Porter and her husband Prince Nicholas. Bex and Nick have run away from England and are living in self-imposed exile. They are avoiding media, friends, and family—striving for some normalcy and trying to heal their fractured romance—when they are ordered back to London by the Queen. And that’s when the fun begins.

Unfortunately for Bex and Nick, reentry into the royal lifestyle isn’t easy. They are faced with media criticism, public outrage, and a less than warm welcome by the royal family. Adding to the tension is the jealousy and mistrust between Nick and his brother, Prince Freddy. Their relationship is a ticking time bomb with Bex caught in the middle.

This book is delicious, heartwarming, romantic, and dishy… everything I wanted the sequel to be. My only warning is that once you get your hands on a copy, you will need to cancel all plans because you will spend every waking moment devouring the novel.

Barbara M.

When Lisa Wingate was on tour for her novel Before We Were Yours she was approached by many people who had connections to the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. She thought their stories were worth preserving so she contacted a journalist friend, Judy Christie, and proposed a book to record their experiences. Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate is the result of that collaboration.

Georgia Tann ran the Tennessee Children’s Home Society in Memphis from the 1920s to 1950. In reality, it was a black-market baby adoption ring posing as an orphanage. Tann placed more than 5,000 orphans with families. Many of these children were not orphans at all. Some were stolen and some were taken from hospitals while their mothers were told that they had died. Because the law in Tennessee stipulated that agencies placing children within the state could only charge a nominal fee, Tann sought out wealthy clients from other states, especially New York and California, so she could charge exorbitant fees. Actress Joan Crawford adopted through Tann, as did June Allyson and husband Dick Powell.

Christie and Wingate interviewed fifteen adoptees, some of whom were able to achieve closure by finding their birth families. They also organized a heartwarming reunion in Memphis for the surviving adoptees and their families.

Overall, this is a fascinating read even if the stories are heartbreaking.

Note to Shelf, Teen

Mia

A great summer read is Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds. Meet Jack, a high school senior on a college visit, whose life gets turned upside-down when he falls in love with Kate. But this isn’t a normal life-changing teenage relationship; Kate and Jack have a whirlwind romance that ends too soon when Kate falls ill and dies. “Miss Mia!” you shout. “Why are you giving away the whole book?” Well, Reader, it gets better. This YA romance is also part time-travel puzzle. Kate dies repeatedly, and every time she does, Jack jumps back to the party where they met and relives the same four months. You get to watch Jack meet Kate over and over again, and follow along as Jack tries his best to save her life, maintain his friendships, and get out of the time loop that he’s trapped in. It’s a little bit Groundhog Day, a little bit The Fault in Our Stars, and a whole lot more.

Note to Shelf, Junior

Kaitlin

In need of a great Summer Reading suggestion to share with your pre-reader? Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems takes a classic and turns it on its head, with hilariously zany results.

When Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and some other Dinosaur who’s visiting from Norway decide to go for a walk one day, they certainly aren’t setting a trap for any delicious little children to wander into. But if a badly supervised girl just happens to barge into their home uninvited… well, who’s to say what could happen next?

Caregivers: If you’re looking for even more librarian recommendations, check out this list of Pre-Reader Summer Reading Suggestions.

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