“The 18th Abduction,” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case, which quickly escalates from missing person to murder. Under pressure at work, Lindsay needs support at home. But her husband, Joe, is drawn into an encounter with a woman who’s seen a ghost, a notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country, walking the streets of San Francisco. As Lindsay digs deeper, with help from intrepid journalist Cindy Thomas, there are revelations about the victims. The implications are shocking. And when Joe’s mystery informant disappears, joining the ranks of missing women in grave danger, all evidence points to an international crime operation.
“Summer Cottage,” by Viola Shipman. Adie Lou Kruger’s ex never understood her affection for Cozy Cottage, a charming, ramshackle summer home that she’s inherited on Lake Michigan. But despite the fact she’s facing a broken marriage, memories of happy childhoods on the beach give her reason for hope. It becomes clear what Adie Lou must do: rebuild her life and restore her cottage, shingle by shingle, on her terms. But converting the weather-beaten structure into a bed and breakfast isn’t quite the renovation experience she’s seen on TV. But as the cottage comes back to life, Adie Lou does, too, finding support in unexpected places and a new love story on the horizon.
“The View from Alameda,” by Robyn Carr. Lauren Delaney has a successful career, a solid marriage and two beautiful daughters. But on her 24th wedding anniversary, Lauren makes a decision that will change everything. She defies the controlling husband who has mistreated her throughout their marriage and files for divorce. And as she starts her new life, she meets a kindred spirit, a man who is also struggling with the decision to end his unhappy marriage. But Lauren’s husband wants his “perfect” life back and his actions are shocking. Facing an uncertain future, Lauren discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had as she fights for what she deserves.
“This Could Change Everything,” by Jill Mansell. All it takes is one email to end her relationship, get her kicked out of her apartment, and just about ruin her life. Essie Phillips never meant for her private rant about her boss to be sent to everyone in her address book, but as soon as it goes viral, her life as she knows it is over. The solution: move to a new town, find a new job, make new friends. If only it were as simple as that.
“Big Kahuna,” by Janet Evanovich and Peter Evanovich. The missing man is a Silicon Valley big shot known to all as the Big Kahuna. Nick and Kate’s only lead takes them to Hawaii, where the missing man’s son spends his days looking for the perfect wave and his nights puffing weed. To get close to the Kahuna’s son, Kate and Nick go undercover as a married couple in the surfer community on Maui’s North Shore. Living a laid-back lifestyle isn’t exactly in Kate’s wheelhouse, but the only thing more horrifying is shacking up with Nick Fox, even if he does look pretty gnarly on a longboard. If they don’t catch a break soon, waves aren’t the only thing she’s going to be shredding.
“The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money: Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs,” by Jill Schesinger. After decades working as a Wall Street trader, Jill Schlesinger reveals 13 costly mistakes you’re probably making right now with your money without even knowing it. Drawing on personal stories, Schlesinger argues that it’s not lack of smarts that causes even the brightest people among us to mess up, but simple emotional blind spots.
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.