Big Spring Herald Weekend

Check it out at the Library this week

- By SANDRA VERDIN Howard County Library

Howard County Library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The computer room closes at 5:30 p.m. You may reach us at (432) 264-2260 and our fax number is (432) 264-2263. Please visit our website at http://howard-county.ploud.net and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/howardcoli­brary for more informatio­n about our services and any updates.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Dora Roberts Foundation we have added four new AWE Learning children's computers. Children can log on and play different educationa­l games in science, technology, reading, engineerin­g, art, and math (STREAM). The computers are not linked to the internet so children can freely explore all the different educationa­l games. We encourage patrons to bring their children and try out the new computers. Join us for stories, play and crafts on Tuesday for Babytime and Thursday for Storytime at 10:15 a.m. in the children's room. This week's review are fiction titles. Present Day, in The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery (F COX A) by Amanda Cox, after tragedy plunges her into grief and unresolved anger, Sarah Ashby returns to her childhood home determined to finally follow her long denied dream of running Old Depot Grocery alongside her mother and grandmothe­r. But when she arrives, her mother, Rosemary, announces to her that the store is closing. Sarah and her grandmothe­r, Glory Ann, make a pact to save the store, but Rosemary has worked her entire life to make sure her daughter never follows in her footsteps. She has her reasons, but she'll certainly never reveal the real one. In 1965, Glory Ann confesses to her family that she's pregnant with her deceased fiancé's baby. Pressured into a marriage of convenienc­e with a shopkeeper to preserve the family reputation, Glory Ann vows never to love again. But some promises are not as easily kept as she imagined. This dual-timeline explores the complexity of a mother-daughter dynamic, the way the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others, and the healing power of the truth.

Salina Petersheim runs her own booth at the Amish market, where she's known for having the freshest and most delicious produce in the area in The Farm Stand-amish Marketplac­e #2 (F CLI A) by Amy Clipston. Her father is the bishop of her church district, and her brother is a deacon. They are a very close family, yet sometimes she tires of being compared to her older brother, Neil, who is married and has two children. She also feels the pressure of having to be the perfect daughter for her parents. Salina has been dating Josiah for almost a year now, but he feels more like a friend than a boyfriend. Her parents approve of Josiah, who is a hardworkin­g roofer. He's handsome and easy to talk to, but he just doesn't warm her heart the way she feels a boyfriend and future husband should. She secretly longs for more. Along comes William “Will” Zimmerman, a Mennonite chef who runs a restaurant located next door to the Amish market. He wants Salina to supply the produce for his restaurant, and as they forge a business relationsh­ip, they both feel themselves falling in love. Salina especially tries to deny her feelings for Will since her father wants her to marry within the community. Both Salina and Will feel stuck in their current relationsh­ips, but they cannot deny what they feel for each other. Will they follow their hearts or bow to the pressure of family? Or will God provide a surprising new road for them?

Falcon Hunt awakens without a past, or at least not one he can recall in A Man With a Past-brothers in Arms #2 (F CON M) by Mary Connealy. He's got brothers he can't remember, and he's interested in the prettiest woman in the area, Cheyenne. Only trouble is, a few flashes of memory make Falcon wonder if he's already married. He can't imagine abandoning a wife. But his pa did just that, twice. When Falcon claims his inheritanc­e in the West, Cheyenne is cut out of the ranch she was raised on, leaving her bitter and angry. And then Falcon kisses her, adding confusion and attraction to the mix. Soon it's clear someone is gunning for the Hunt brothers. When one of his brothers is shot, Falcon and Cheyenne set out to find who attacked him. They encounter rustled cattle, traitorous cowhands, a missing woman, and outlaws that take all their savvy to overcome. As love grows between these two independen­t people, Falcon must piece together his past if they're to have any chance at a future.

Lukio has spent the past decade as a famous Philistine fighter, achieving every material goal with the help of his ruthless cousin in Between the Wild Branches-the Covenant House #2 (F COS C) by Connilyn Cossette. He's also spent the time burying painful memories of betrayal that he associates with the Levite family that guards the Ark of the Covenant and once adopted him. Now, just as the champion of Ashdod is set to claim the biggest prize of all, the daughter of the king, his past collides with his present. After a heartbreak­ing end to her friendship with Lukio, Shoshana thought she'd never again see the boy with the dual-colored eyes and the troubled soul. But when she is captured in a Philistine raid and enslaved in Ashdod, she is surprised to recognize the brutal fighter known as Demon Eyes. When their renewed connection threatens to expose Shoshana's dangerous secrets, Lukio must decide how far he'll go to face his past and keep her protected.

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.”—mary Mcleod Bethune

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