ELLINWOOD — “Hearts Aglow” by Tracie Peterson. In the old logging town of Perkinsville, Texas, Deborah Vandermark is a very independent young woman. She is pursuing her medical studies under the direction of a very handsome doctor and is content in the embrace of her family. But when a tragedy casts a deep shadow over the town, will Deborah be forced to turn her back on the love taking root in her heart.
“The Promise of Morning” by Ann Shorey. In an Illinois frontier town in the 1840s, a young woman finds life unbearably lonely. When she uncovers a family secret that suggests she may not be as alone as she thought, she is determined to find the truth, even as her husband considers returning to the life of an itinerant preacher, leaving her even more along.
“Dark Place” by Gillian Flynn. The writer of the best-selling Gone Girl, returns with the story of Libby Day, a childhood survivor of the horrific slaughter of most of her family. Who was the killer she identified? Her brother who has now been in prison for twenty-five years. When a crime investigation group reopens the notorious crime, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started… on the run from a killer.
“Bent Road” by Lori Roy. Celia Scott has watched her husband, Arthur, hide from the secrets surrounding his sister Eve’s death. When circumstances take them back to Kansas to the same small town where Eve mysteriously died, a local girl disappears, catapulting the family headlong into a dead man’s curve -- where sometimes killing is the kindest way.
“Did You Miss Me?” by Karen Rose. Baltimore prosecutor Daphne Montgomery pulled herself out of a damaged past to build a solid life for herself and her son. But after she helps to convict a killer, her confidence is shattered once again by the news that her son has been kidnapped. With her son’s life in jeopardy, Daphne must confront a truth that will change everything, and threaten the lives of everyone she loves.
“My Ruby Slippers’ by Tracy Seeley. What if you can’t really pinpoint where home is? By the time she was nine, the author had lived in seven towns and thirteen different house. Now Seeley is determined to search out the meaning of home, and with an impassioned mission, returns to Kansas to find a complex and elusive place, and discovers what it means to rooted in place.
“Goodbye to Yesterday” by Wanda Brunstetter. Instead of experiencing newlywed bliss, Amish couple Meredith and Luke are faced with the greatest challenge of their young lives. When Luke loses his job, and despite his wife’s reservations, he jumps at the chance to learn a new trade from his uncle who lives in Indiana. Along the way Luke meets with tragedy and life as he knew it will never be the same.
Sharon Sturgis is the librarian at the Ellinwood School/Community Library.