“The Summer of ’69,” by Elin Hilderbrand. It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year, the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s home in Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair is marooned in Boston, pregnant and unable to travel. Kirby, determined to be independent, takes a job on Martha’s Vineyard. Tiger is a soldier, deployed to Vietnam. Jessie is marooned in the house with her grandmother and her mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country.
“Lost and Found,” by Danielle Steel. It all starts with a fall from a ladder, in a firehouse in New York City. The firehouse has been converted into a home and studio where Madison Allen works and lives after raising three children on her own. But the accident, which happens while Maddie is sorting through photos, results in more than a broken ankle. It changes her life. Spurred by old memories, Maddie embarks on a road trip. She hopes to answer questions about the men she loved and might have married, but didn’t, in the years after she was left alone with three young children. Driving a rental, she sets off to reconnect with the men to know if the decisions she made were the right ones.
“Paranoid,” by Lisa Jackson. There are people in Edgewater, Ore., who think that Rachel Gaston got away with murder. Rachel still has no idea how a foolish teenaged game turned deadly, or who replaced the pellet air gun she thought she was using with a real weapon. When a figure leapt out at her from the darkness, she fired without thinking. Too late, she recognized her half-brother, Luke, and saw the blood blooming around his chest. Despite counseling, Rachel’s nightmares about that night have never stopped. As Rachel confronts old memories, she feels her imagination playing tricks on her, convincing her that someone is following her. As connections surface between a new string of murders and Luke’s death, Rachel realizes that the truth is darker than her worst fears.
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“Rage for Vengeance,” by Dusty Richards. Born out of the grit and drive of a cattle ranching empire, U.S. Marshal Chet Byrnes is turning the lawless Arizona desert into a homeland. To some, he’s the hero that the West needs. To others, he’s a moving target. Chet is spearheading a stage line from Gallup to the Colorado River. It’ll be a boon to Navajo trading posts, and lay out the territory for new settlements. Unfortunately, it’s not Gerald Hall’s idea of progress, but killing Chet is. The mysterious Texas gambler has hired three assassins to bury Chet under a storm of bullets. To turn the tables on a game of revenge, Chet has to match the deranged Texan bullet for bullet. Come hell or high water, that stage line is going through, even if it’s forged in blood.
“Black Trails and Bloody Murder: A Western Duo,” by Peter Brandvold. In “Undertaker’s Friend,” Gideon Hawk shoots three men who try to rob a saloon. One of those men is the spoiled son of a local rancher, Mortimer Stanley. When the smoke finally clears over Cedar Bend, if the rogue lawman is still alive, he’ll likely discover that one of his only remaining friends is the local undertaker, who whistles while he works and laughs all the way to the bank. In “Bloody Canaan,” Hawk learns that a girl has been kidnapped by the notorious outlaw businessman, Quentin Burnett. With the assistance of Saradee Jones, Hawk’s lover as well as his nemesis, Hawk shows Burnett what happens when bad men cross the rogue lawman.
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.