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I do not exactly know what I was expecting when I opened The Language of Flowers and started reading, but I do not think that I was expecting to be completely and utterly amazed and captivated by the story right from the very first paragraph:

For eight years I dreamed of fire. Tree ignited as I passed them; oceans burned. The sugary smoke settled in my hair as I slept, the scent like a cloud left on my pillow as I rose. Even so, the moment my mattress started to burn, I bolted awake. The sharp, chemical smell was nothing like the hazy syrup of my dreams; the two were as different as Carolina and Indian jasmine, separation and attachment. They could not be confused. (pg 3)

The month of March always brings out the Irish in me, and I have just enjoyed two books set in Ireland: the audio version of Patrick Taylor's Irish Country Girl and the print version of Maeve Binchy's Minding Frankie.

The first is read by John Keating and it is delightful to hear his variety of Irish accents, changing for each character. This book is the latest in Taylor's Irish country doctor series and fills in the background of the doctor's housekeeper, Kinky Kincaid. In Minding Frankie, I love the continuing saga of Binchy's residents of St. Jarlath's Crescent, in Dublin. She skillfully interweaves the lives of a diverse population and makes the reader want it to keep on going. I can't wait for the next book in either series!

For the hottest new fiction releases, stop by the Fiction desk! Coming on the horizon late June, Holly Chamberlin's "Seashell Season" pulls an emotional punch as Verity Peterson mourns the young daughter she wishes back into her life. In July, one of my personal favorites, Jane Green returns with "Falling: A Love Story" which details the gradual love story of Emma and Dominic. After Emma moves to a beach house in Connecticut, moving from friends to lovers happens for Emma as naturally as the changing seasons. Then, for a story on the nature of identity, mid-July brings Maggie O'Farrell's "This Must Be the Place".

Feel like a Kid Again – Adult Summer Reading is Back!

Whether you read or listen to fiction, nonfiction, or a little of both, sign up and join in!

  • Pick up a log at the Fiction or Nonfiction desk or register digitally at hooverlibrary.beanstack.org
  • Read or listen to books. Try ebooks and downloadable audiobooks through jclc.overdrive.com
  • Log books. For each five books, register for drawings at the Fiction or Nonfiction desk.
  • Win great prizes donated by the Friends of the Library.

Adult Summer Reading will be held through May 20 – July 31.

-Tara