25 January 2017

Every dog happens for a reason

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=161771 Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. 

During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.But this new life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders - will he ever find his purpose?

Touching, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds that hold us all together, man and man's best friend alike. The story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on Earth is born with a purpose.

24 January 2017

Two new suspense - one cosy, one not so cosy

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=163216Mayor Lewis Frost has always been known as Frosty to his friends - not that he has many these days. Controversies swirling around the city council have members wondering if Frosty is trying to snow them. After one councilman storms off in a huff, the mayor turns to curio shop manager Camryn Brooks and asks her to consider taking a seat on the council.

Later, when Cami goes to his office to discuss the proposal, her blood runs cold. She finds Frosty dead, and the very snow globe she sold him earlier that day lies in sparkling shards on his carpet - along with a large diamond. Does the snow globe - which features a peculiar tableau of an armed man and three menacing bears - hold a clue to Frosty's demise? One way or another, it's up to Cami to shake things up before the killer's trail goes cold.




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The Mormon church may have disavowed the polygamy it became so infamous for in the 19th century, but for some Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints, "plural marriage" isn't just ancient history.

Mormon bishop's wife Linda Wallheim is stunned to learn her son Kenneth has gotten engaged to a young woman from a polygamous family. Naomi Carter may have left the religion she grew up in, but the Carters will still be the Wallheims' in-laws once Kenneth and Naomi are married.

Stephen Carter, Naomi's father and the patriarch of the Carter clan, invites the Wallheims over to the Carter family compound in the remote foothills of the mountains outside Salt Lake City. Stephen Carter wishes to extend an olive branch to his future in-laws, and introduce them to his five wives and twenty-two children. 



But Linda suspects he also wants to try to persuade the Wallheims that his way of life is truly righteous.

From Linda's point of view, polygamy is an abhorrent practice, one that dehumanizes women and makes children vulnerable to unhealthy family structures. She and her husband, Kurt, arrive at the Carter compound braced for trouble--Linda has her eyes peeled for signs that Stephen's wives and children are unhappy or abused. Although she can't find concrete evidence of mistreatment, Linda's gut instinct tells her that something on the Carter family compound is deeply wrong. She can't quite put her finger on what--until it's too late, and one of the family members is found murdered.

Afraid that Stephen Carter's unworldly, sequestered wives and children might suffer at the hands of investigating police, Linda vows to stay at the compound until the murderer is found and the survivors are safe. But even if she manages to do more good than harm with her snooping and interfering, Linda can't unsee what she has seen during her time at the Carters'--now, confronting the legacy of polygamy in her own Mormon family raises even more questions about her already shaky faith.

23 January 2017

Ann-Louise reviews...

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I thought I had read all of Bryce Courtenay’s books, so was pleasantly surprised to find this one. 

There were lots of things I liked about this book – starting with it being set in 1960s Australia. (Yes I’m also a fan of the TV drama Love Child). There’s Simon Koo the main character  - he’s a Chinese-Australian who moves to Singapore to set up an advertising office. 

As the blurb says Simon finds himself thrust into an environment strangely familiar yet profoundly different – under the veneer of a commercial world there’s people smuggling, drug trafficking and murder. And then there is Mercy B Lord, the woman Simon falls for but cannot have. 

It’s a great story with a love story at its heart.



The blurb:

Simon Koo is an ambitious Australian-born Chinese who goes to Singapore in the mid-sixties to work for an advertising agency. But the Wing brothers, who run the agency, are not what they seem. 

There is soon trouble when Simon falls in love with the forbidden Mercy B. Lord. With no family or connections, this beautiful young woman is powerless to resist the evil influence of Beatrice Fong, a manipulative businesswoman who, in league with the Wing brothers, lures her into the dark and dangerous international trade in sex workers and heroin trafficking involving the American CIA. 

Simon must save her at any cost. Set against the wretched trade in drugs and human misery operating during the Vietnam War, Fortune Cookie is a compelling thriller, with a story of love against impossible odds at its heart

20 January 2017

Blood on the mirror

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 *This book contains graphic content*

After a childhood of lies, emotional and physical violence, many different homes and 18 schools, Anita ran away to be `free'.

What she encountered along the way was everything but freedom:

Abortions, miscarriages, street life, prostitution, the fetish industry, drug addiction, mental illness, suicide attempts and a near death experience.

But there is hope for the hopeless, love for the unloveable, and grace for such a time as this, and finally she made the wisest choice anyone could ever make.

*Parts of the book are set in Taranaki

19 January 2017

Hawera LibraryPlus staff review...

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This book has bit of everything:

  • Romance
  • Family issues
  • Mystery

It's a real whodunit but a good easy read. 








The blurb:

In present-day New York City, Laurie Moran realizes a missing bride is the perfect cold case for her 'Under Suspicion' television series to Five years ago Amanda Pierce was excitedly preparing to marry her college sweetheart. She and Jeffrey had already battled through sickness and health, although their lives were certainly more richer than poorer as Amanda was set to inherit her father's successful garment company.

Then Amanda disappeared the night of her bachelorette party.

She and her team set out to recreate the night of the disappearance at the Florida resort with Amanda's friends and family in attendance, hoping to shed new light on the mystery as the series has done in past episodes. With a jealous sister, playboy groomsmen, Amanda's former fiance now married to a bridesmaid, and rumors about the "beloved" bride herself, Laurie and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley quickly realize everyone has a theory about why Amanda vanished into thin air. One thing is certain: whoever was behind Amanda's disappearance plans to keep the truth hidden "until death do they part ... 

18 January 2017

Everything has a spirit:

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The willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . . 

But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. 

One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms. 

With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. 


Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits restlessness a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it s bathed in blood.

17 January 2017

Lis reviews...

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Told through the eyes of two women - 2016 and 1952 - the history of The Barbizon Hotel for Women – known as the doll house – in New York city’s Upper East Side.  

Brings the music and of jazz to life and highlights just how life for single women has ‘progressed’ over time.  

An excellent read for those who like chick-lit with a soul.












The blurb:

When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren't: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn't belong--a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she's introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that's used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance.

Over half a century later, the Barbizon's gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby's involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunt the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman's rent-controlled apartment. It's a combination too intoxicating for journalist Rose Lewin, Darby's upstairs neighbor, to resist--not to mention the perfect distraction from her own imploding personal life. Yet as Rose's obsession deepens, the ethics of her investigation become increasingly murky, and neither woman will remain unchanged when the shocking truth is finally revealed.


16 January 2017

New from Georgine Penny & Glenna Thomson

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You don't become a notorious British celebrity without rubbing a few people the wrong way, so writer and comedian Ben Martindale has decamped to Australia until the media frenzy surrounding his latest scandal dies down. 

When he meets Amy Blaine, a perky blonde barber who dresses like a 1950s pin-up girl, he knows he's hit the comedy jackpot. He begins to fill his weekly London column with snarky observations about her house, style, troubled family members and dramatic employees. 

It doesn't occur to him that Amy, who is slowly letting her guard down for the first time in her adult life, might be just a little bit upset when she finds out.





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Greer O’Reilly needs to start over. Her professional success belies private sadness and domestic overload. She’s torn between her career and motherhood. Her partner of twelve years has left her. And up ahead is her new home - a beautiful though neglected blueberry orchard in the hills of north-east Victoria. 

But when she and her six-year-old daughter Sophie arrive at the property to take possession, there’s an unforeseen complication - the former owner, 81-year-old artist and jazz lover Charlie Chandler, refuses to move out. 

Charlie is dying and desperate to spend his last days in his old home. With Greer at the beginning of her new life, and Charlie at the end of his, the unlikely pair soon form a close bond. One that will offer the strength and inspiration Greer needs – because the next twelve months will either make or break her.

13 January 2017

The 'don't use these as a bookmark' list.

These items have actually been found in library books over the years in libraries around the world!

A sheet of toilet paper
Condoms, opened or not
Sandwiches
Slice of bacon
Banana skin
Door key
Chewing gum
Toenail clippings
Locks of hair
Mouldy flat pancake
46 four leaf clovers
Seven crisp $100 bills
Marijuana leaves
A rolled joint
Fake nails
Cheese slices
Unused panty liner
Desiccated baby rattlesnake
Used band-aid

Just to name a few!

 
 



12 January 2017

The most read Suspense book read in our libraries in 2016

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Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop on the prairie with the curious name of Mother's Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover.

He expects to find a lonely pioneer tombstone in a sea of nearly-ripe wheat ... but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing colleague, a cryptic note about two hundred deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people.

Reacher's one-day stopover becomes an open-ended quest...into the heart of darkness. Prepare to be nailed to your seat by another hair-raising, heart-pounding adventure from the kick ass master of the thriller genre!

11 January 2017

The most read Science Fiction book read in our libraries in 2016

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One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking...

The Bone Clocks follows the twists and turns of Holly's life from a scarred adolescence in Gravesend to old age on Ireland's Atlantic coast as Europe's oil supply dries up - a life not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air and brief lapses in the laws of reality. 

For Holly Sykes - daughter, sister, mother, guardian - is also an unwitting player in a murderous feud played out in the shadows and margins of our world, and may prove to be its decisive weapon.

10 January 2017

The most read Romance book read in our libraries in 2016

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He sees you when you're sleeping: What Booker Dean wants for Christmas isn't under the tree, it's right next door. Frances Kennedy is everything Booker desires...and the gift he has planned for her involves a lot of delicious unwrapping....

Some like it hot: Family practitioner Cary Rupert wants Nora Chilton so badly he can barely keep a hold of his stethoscope. Now he's out to prove that when it comes to loving her forever, he's just what the doctor ordered....

Playing doctor: Dr. Axel Dean likes his women with sensual moxie, not virginal innocence. But when Libby Preston won't take no for an answer. Axel is more than willing to administer the cure....

09 January 2017

The most read NZ Fiction book read in our libraries in 2016


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A vivid and compelling story of enduring love and divided families from one of our bestselling historical novelists. When armed conflict drives a wedge between Maori and Pakeha not everyone can choose sides easily. For Isla McKinnon the choices are bitter. Taken in by local Maori when her parents are brutally murdered she has grown to womanhood and taken a Maori husband. 

In a thrilling tale of love and loss from the land wars, when simmering tensions between Maori and the encroaching Pakeha settlements exploded into bloody warfare, love and trust are put cruelly to the test. Separated from her husband and her family and restored to Auckland society Isla must learn to survive in both worlds. Inevitably she must decide between them and lose part of her heart forever.

08 January 2017

The most read Fantasy Fiction book read in our libraries in 2016

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Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. 

He claims the Iron Throne.

07 January 2017

The most read Fiction book in our libaries in 2016

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Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot.
At twenty-eight, he's focused on getting his teaching degree and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his past. The last thing he's looking for is a serious relationship. But when he crosses paths with Maria Sanchez one rainswept night, his carefully structured life is turned upside down. And when Maria, a hardworking lawyer, meets Colin she begins to question every notion she has ever had about herself and her future - and what truly makes her happy.

Before the couple has a chance to envision a life together, menacing reminders from events in Maria's past begin to surface. And as the threat of violence begins to shadow her every step, she and Colin will be pushed to breaking point.
The stunning new love story from the multi-million-copy bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks, See Me is a story of obsession, reinvention and a love that defies every expectation.

06 January 2017

Maria reviews...

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I have not read many books about Japan back in the 1800's or before for quite some time. I think Shogun was probably the last and I really enjoyed it.

I'm pleased to say the Lesley Downer has followed in the traditions of that book and it was a marvellous read. I found the book really takes you back to Japan during the time of the Samurai and of course what fascinates me the most is how the book is set around the women of that time. You begin to understand the pivotal yet secret role that women played in the politics of that era.

The heart of the story centers around Okatsu, who first becomes Princess Astru when adopted by a wealthy uncle. Another adoption follows, devised to send her on a rise to power. A rise which sees her become Her Majesty, the Maidai, the woman behind the screens. The wife of a Shogun who has been kept as a wilful child and acts just like one. The wife of a Shogun who is controlled and manipulated by his mother and his fathers concubine.

Surrounded by treachery, disloyalty and used as a pawn in a powerful game Okatsu must survive the stormy and uncertain politics of the time, the Shoguns mother and the Shogun himself.

This was a gripping and very involved story and based on true events and I recommend it for anyone who enjoys fiction about the Samurai and Japan.

05 January 2017

3 Must-Read Modern Ghost Stories

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Sixteen-year-old American girl Rory has just arrived at boarding school in London when a Jack the Ripper copycat-killer begins terrorising the city. 

All the hallmarks of his infamous murders are frighteningly present, but there are few clues to the killer's identity. "Rippermania" grabs hold of modern-day London, and the police are stumped with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. 

In an unknown city with few friends to turn to, Rory makes a chilling discovery. Could the copycat murderer really be Jack the Ripper back from the grave? 

 Teen fiction.





http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=130720&query_desc=kw%2Cwrdl%3A%20Help%20for%20the%20HauntedIt begins with a call one snowy February night. Lying in her bed, fourteen-year-old Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall. This is not the first late-night call they have received, since her mother and father have an uncommon occupation: helping 'haunted souls' find peace. 

And yet something in Sylvie senses that this call is different from the others, especially when they are lured to the old church on the outskirts of town. Once there, her parents disappear, one after the other, behind the church's red door, leaving Sylvie alone in the car. Not long after, she drifts off to sleep, only to wake to the sound of gunfire. 

As the story weaves back and forth through the years leading up to that night and the months following, the ever-inquisitive Sylvie searched for answers and uncovers secrets that have haunted her family for years. 



Help for the Haunted is a psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, told in the captivating voice of a young heroine who is determined to discover the truth about what happened that winter night.

Adult suspense.


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Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood.



Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. Yet she spares Cas's life.

Teen fiction.

04 January 2017

Ruth Malone is not like other mothers...

http://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=161770It's the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in a heatwave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery. It's every mother's worst nightmare. 

But Ruth Malone is not like other mothers . . . Noting Ruth's perfectly made-up face and provocative clothing, the empty liquor bottles and love letters that litter her apartment, the detectives leap to convenient conclusions, fuelled by neighbourhood gossip and speculation. 

Sent to cover the case on his first major assignment, tabloid reporter Pete Wonicke at first can't help but do the same. But the longer he spends watching Ruth, the more he learns about the darker workings of the police and the press. 



Soon, Pete begins to doubt everything he thought he knew. Ruth Malone is enthralling, challenging and secretive - is she really capable of murder? Haunting, intoxicating and heart-poundingly suspenseful, Little Deaths is a gripping novel about love, morality and obsession, exploring the capacity for good and evil within us all.

03 January 2017

A spellbinding tale of magical mishaps!

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A hilarious new picture book by Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Peter Bently.

Little witch Betty makes a big mess when she tries her hand at cooking. Into the cauldron goes everything from strawberry jam to slices of ham! Betty's potion keeps on growing and growing and soon it's spreading all over town.

But when a hungry dragon arrives on the scene, can Betty's brew save the day?

A spellbinding tale of magical mishaps!

02 January 2017

Can you be unfaithful to a ghost?

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Joe wakes up from a deep sleep to see his family leave in a removals van. Where they've gone, he has no idea. Erin moves house and instantly feels at home in her new room. Even if it appears she isn't the only one living in it. Bit by bit, Erin and Joe discover that they have somehow found a way across the ultimate divide - life and death. Bound by their backgrounds, a love of poetry and their growing feelings for each other, they are determined to find a way to be together. 

Joe's brother, Olly, never cared much for poetry. He was always too busy being king of the school - but that all changed when Joe died. And when an encounter in the school corridor brings him face to face with Erin, he realises how different things really are - including the kind of girl he falls for.




Two brothers. Two choices. Will Erin's decision destroy her completely, or can she save herself before she is lost forever?