The family saga first introduced in The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs continues in The Beekeeper's Ball, the second installment of the Bella Vista Chronicles. Former celebrated chef Isabel Johansen is opening a destination cooking school focusing on local produce and products at Bella Vista, her family estate in the sleepy Sonoma town of Archangel. Isabel is a reserved, organized woman and seems so together, but when renowned journalist Cormac "Mac" O'Neill arrives on the scene he certainly shakes things up.
The life of business and power is not all it seems and Danielle Steel's latest novel gives an excellent example of the good and bad. Power Play runs two stories at the same time about powerful CEO's and the way they conduct their lives - one involving a hardworking devoted mother who sacrifices any type of personal life for her success, and the other a philandering, scheming man with no conscience who always seems to land on top. The way the two stories come together is excellently written.
Bestselling chick-lit author Jennifer Weiner goes a bit darker with her newest book All Fall Down, a compelling story about the price some people pay in the pursuit of having it all. Weiner tackles the growing epidemic in our society of middle and upper-class suburban parents who abuse prescription medication to cope with their overworked and overstressed lifestyles, yet writes this story beautifully and in a way that doesn't make you hate the addict or necessarily feel sorry for her either.
If you like reading romantic suspense with a western setting try the Beartooth Mountain series by B. J. Daniels. Having just finished Forsaken, third in the series, I have to say I am hooked on this genre. Not your typical western story, it has elements of murder, mystery, horses and handsome cowboys - what more could you ask for? Written with intertwining story lines and the beautiful details of the Montana landscape, you can almost smell the pine trees, the frost on the air, the smell of the horses, and the smoke from the campfires.
The Mega-Monday series of free, professional summer entertainment for all ages gets underway at the Fond du Lac Public Library on Monday, June 16, when Steve Russell will perform twice – at 10 a.m. and repeated at 1 p.m. – with his show of juggling, magic, comedy and good, clean fun.
What a fun book! Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson is a humorous contemporary retelling of the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice set (of all places) in the world of dog shows. Fans of Austen won't be disappointed; Wilson has very cleverly weaved in references to the original tale and does an excellent job bringing back to life Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth while adding a fun modern twist.
Everyone is invited, beginners to masters, to this summer’s Chess Connect program at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Players will meet at 6 p.m. every other Monday starting June 16 (June 30, July 14, July 28 and August 11).
Buses to Books returns! Fond du Lac Transit’s Buses to Books program allows kids ages 6 to 17 to ride the bus to the Fond du Lac Public Library and back for free on Thursdays June 19 to August 7, using their library cards as bus passes. Kids ages 6 to 9 must be accompanied by an adult, and adults pay full fare. Bus routes and other transit information are available on the Transit Dept. page at www.fdl.wi.gov.