“River of Porcupines,” by G.K. Aahlborg. In the Rocky Mountain fur trade of the early 1800s, the intense rivalry between the powerful Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company is complicated by the arrival of Ilona Baptiste, a lovely and much-desired Métis maiden who could become the catalyst for a bloody trade war between two companies. Young trader Garth Cameron and the brutal HBC woods boss Louis Savard both want Ilona, and end up in a pursuit through the Rocky Mountain wilderness, with Ilona as the prize.

“The Outfit: Outlawed!” by Matthew P. Mayo. Cookie McGee finds his trail partner, Rafe Barr, near death from a knife attack in a Santa Fe alleyway. The town is crawling with soldiers out for their blood, but with Doc at the helm, Ethel the War Wagon slips through. The outlaw duo heads for help in California, but the governor needs Barr’s help as much as they need his as he’s being blackmailed by Talbot Timmons, head of the Brotherhood of the Phoenix, and warden of Yuma Territorial Prison, Rafe’s wrongful address for five hellish years. Then the killer, Turk Mincher, rides in and makes a bloody mess in their midst. Righteous resolution descends at the only place it can: Yuma Territorial Prison, where it all began six years before. 

“Once a Spy,” by Mary Jo Putney. Wearied by his years as a British officer, Simon Duval resigns his commission after Napoleon’s abdication. Hoping to find new meaning in his life, he returns to England, where he discovers his cousin’s widow, Suzanne Duval. Working as a seamstress, Suzanne has had a life as complicated as Simon’s. While both believe they are beyond love, their bond leads him to propose a marriage of companionship, and Suzanne accepts. She didn’t expect a true marriage, but as Suzanne joins Simon in a search for his missing brother, passion sparks between them. Then news from France threatens to disrupt their happiness. Napoleon has escaped from Elba and Wellington personally asks Simon to help prevent another devastating war. Only this time, Simon does not go into danger alone. He and Suzanne will face deadly peril together, and pray that love will carry them through.

“One More River to Cross,” by Jane Kirkpatrick. In 1844, the Stevens-Murphy company left Missouri to be the first wagons into California through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mostly Irish Catholics, the party sought religious freedom and education in the mission-dominated land. When a heavy snowstorm hits in October, the party separates in three directions. Now young Mary Sullivan, newlywed Sarah Montgomery, widowed Ellen Murphy and her pregnant sister-in-law, Maolisa, each risk losing those they loved. Two women and four men go overland around Lake Tahoe. Three men stay to guard the heaviest wagons. Eight women and 17 children, huddled in a cabin at the headwaters of the Yuba River, wait for rescue or death.

“A Christmas Haven,” by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall. Ivy Zook is wrestling with her need to shed her community’s ways so she can create the business of her dreams: planning parties. As long as she’s stuck living without modernization, she cannot get her business on its feet. But if she leaves too soon, she’d cause trouble for her sister, Holly, who is planning her wedding to Joshua Smucker. All of their plans become twice as complicated when an old car crashes into the storefront of Greene’s Pharmacy, carrying an ultraconservative Amish man, Arlan, and his very ill sister.


Story Time

Story time is held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 45–60 minutes. Participants read books, followed by a craft or activity. 


Chetek Library hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday: 1–6 p.m.; and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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