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Thursday 23 May 2013 - Filed under Books

“The Innocent” by David Baldacci (NLS DB-74709) may sound like a “guy book,” but this hero has heart whether he wants to or not. He takes out bad guys for the government, but one night his assignment feels ugly. Suddenly he’s protecting a street-smart teenage girl on the run; testing the loyalty of government agencies and his sexy neighbor; and sorting out a puzzle of international plots, surveillance, and too many coincidences.

“Summerland” by Elin Hilderbrand (NLS DB-75757): Perfect Penny shocked the regular residents of Nantucket when she wrecked her boyfriend’s car after graduation. She and her twin brother should have been seniors in the fall, but everything changed. Was it the secrets? Who told her what? Adults with their heads buried in the sand grieved and groped. The secrets stayed hidden until a thief was caught, and a marriage ended.

2013-05-23  »  Marilyn Brandt Smith


  1. Abbie Taylor
    16 July 2013 @ 5:01 pm

    Goodness! After reading all that, you might want something a bit more tame. I’m reading One Summer, also by David Baldacci. Jack is dying of cancer when his wife is killed in a car accident while driving to a pharmacy to pick up his medication late on Christmas Eve. His children, fifteen, twelve, and two, with no one to care for them, are separated and sent to live with relatives scattered across the country. Jack miraculously recovers, leaves his home in Cleveland, Ohio, collects his kids, and moves to his wife’s childhood home in Channing, South Carolina, to get a fresh start. It’s also available on BARD. Happy reading!