Thursday, April 20, 2017

Reading Ahead: May 2017, part 5

Summer is upon us, and so are the summer books! Whether you're looking for adventure, an uplifting story, or some deliciously juicy beach-reading, read on for suggestions!

A Dog’s Way Home, by W. Bruce Cameron. In light of the recent resurgence of interest in Cameron's debut, A Dog's Purpose, I thought it was only fitting to highlight this new novel due out next month.

Lucas Ray is shocked when an adorable puppy jumps out of an abandoned building and into his arms. Though the apartment he shares with his mother, a disabled veteran, doesn’t allow dogs, Lucas can’t resist taking Bella home. Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she doesn’t understand the necessity of games like No Barks. As it becomes more difficult to hide her from the neighbors, Lucas begins to sneak Bella into the VA where he works. There, Bella brings joy and comfort where it is needed most. After Bella is picked up by Animal Control because pit bulls are banned in Denver, Lucas has no choice but to send her to a foster home until he can figure out what to do. But Bella, distraught at the separation, doesn’t plan to wait. With four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness between her and her person, Bella sets off on a seemingly impossible and completely unforgettable adventure home.

The Broken Road, by Richard Paul Evans. The first book in a new trilogy from the much-loved Evans, The Broken Road follows local celebrity Charles, who has everything he thought he wanted but is being haunted by nightmares and a deep unhappiness. In the wake of a personal tragedy, Charles begins to question his life and his choices. When he's granted the ultimate wish, a second chance, what will he do with it? Fans will not want to miss out.

Secrets in Summer, by Nancy Thayer. Thayer's name has become synonymous with beach reads, so fans will delight in a new novel to bring along with them on vacation this summer. Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing in the backyard of the beautiful house she grew up in and inherited from her beloved grandmother. It’s also Darcy’s chance to hit the beach and meet her new summertime neighbors. But the last person the thirty-year-old librarian expects to see staying next door is her ex-husband, Boyz, along with his wife, Autumn, and stepdaughter, Willow. What follows is a summer full of new prospects for Darcy, along with putting some unfinished business to bed, once and for all.

Same Beach, Next Year, by Dorothea Benton Frank. Frank returns readers to her beloved Lowcountry of South Carolina in a new novel, which finds two couples forming a deep friendship one enchanted summer, a friendship that will last more than twenty years, through tragedies, heartache and ruin. A heartwarming tale of solidarity and support, just the sort of read you'd need to tuck into your beach bag. Also available in Large Print

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