New at the Library
New Playaways (pre-loaded audiobooks)
— “George and Lizzie” by Nancy Pearl — George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family — his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom — while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love. Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed — George is happy; Lizzie remains … unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie’s past resurfaces, she’ll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.
— “Merry and Bright” by Debbie Macomber — Merry Knight is pretty busy these days. She’s taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry’s well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her — minus her photo — and the matches start rolling in.
— “The Boat Runner” by Devin Murphy — Beginning in the summer of 1939, 14-year-old Jacob Koopman and his older brother, Edwin, enjoy lives of prosperity and quiet contentment. Many of the residents in their small Dutch town have some connection to the Koopman lightbulb factory, and the locals hold the family in high esteem. On days when they aren’t playing with friends, Jacob and Edwin help their Uncle Martin on his fishing boat in the North Sea, where German ships have become a common sight. But conflict still seems unthinkable, even as the boys’ father naively sends his sons to a Hitler youth camp in an effort to secure German business for the factory. When war breaks out, Jacob’s world is thrown into chaos.
— “Tangled Destinies” by Diana Palmer — Saved from an abduction and unthinkable harm, Gabrielle Bennett owed her life to her rescuer. Marc Stephano, a stranger from the sketchy shadows of town, could’ve asked for money. Instead he introduced her to desire and claimed her completely — then he broke her heart. Older, wiser and now a top New York model, Gabrielle is prepared for anything, except Marc’s re-emergence into her life. It’s a merciless trick of fate. A successful, self-made millionaire, he’s as powerful as ever, but can Gabrielle forgive and forget in the name of love?