L&A Library staff picks of 2022-Part II

Amy Kay
Hooked on Books

L&A libraries staff love books, reading and helping you find your next great read. Here are some of our favourites from last year that you might want to check out.

Kristin’s Picks

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

The reading room at the Boston Public Library is completely silent one weekday morning, until a scream echoes through the room. Security guards instruct everyone to stay put until they determine there is no threat. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers get to chatting and quickly become friendly. Harriet, Marigold, Whit, and Caine each have their own reasons for being in the reading room that morning – and it just happens that one of them may turn out to be a murderer.

The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf

True crime writer Wylie Lark, snowed in at an isolated farmhouse where she’s retreated to write her new book, finds a small child in the snow outside and, bringing him inside for warmth and safety, learns that the farmhouse isn’t as isolated as she thought.

Fifty-Four Pigs by Philipp Schott

A swine barn explodes, putting veterinarian Dr. Peter Bannerman on a collision course with murder and a startling conspiracy.

Chantell’s Picks

Running Wild by K.A Tucker

Veterinarian Marie Lehr knows unrequited love all too well after pining for her best friend, only to watch him marry another woman. She can’t seem to find anyone who appeals to her as much as the pilot did, though. Competitive musher Tyler Brady certainly doesn’t, especially not after a heated altercation with the handsome but arrogant, spiteful man. But then Marie discovers her attraction to Tyler is very real, even though his heart belongs to someone else. No matter how hard she works to keep from falling for Tyler, it seems she’s doomed to follow her own trail once again.

The Prisoner by B.A. Paris

Amelie has always been a survivor, from losing her parents as a child in Paris to making it on her own in London. As she builds a life for herself, she is swept up into a glamorous lifestyle where she married the handsome billionaire Jed Hawthorpe. But then, Amelie wakes up in a pitch-black room, not knowing where she is. Why has she been taken? Who are her mysterious captors? And why does she soon feel safer here, imprisoned, than she had begun to feel with her husband?

The Blame Game by Sandie Jones

A psychologist specializing in domestic abuse, Naomi, after her client’s file goes missing, wonders if her own dark past is coming back to haunt her — and if her clients aren’t the only ones in danger.

Karen’s Picks

Thank you for Listening by Julia Whalen

An audiobook narrator, former actress Sewanee Chester, after having a one-night stand with a handsome stranger in Las Vegas, returns home to narrate a romance novel and forms a connection with the anonymous author, but when his identity is finally revealed, she must risk everything for desire.

Home Wreckers by Mary Kay Andrews

A frothy combination of a hectic old-house-renovation story and a cozy mystery with a hint of romance centered around a likable heroine who has been holding too many feelings at bay.

Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

From the New York Times best-selling author of Garden Spells comes an enchanting tale filled with magical realism and moments of pure love that won’t let you go.

Kelly’s Picks

Ducks: Two years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton

With the singular goal of paying off her student loans, Katie heads out west to take advantage of Alberta’s oil rush—part of the long tradition of East Coasters who seek gainful employment elsewhere when they can’t find it in the homeland they love so much. Katie encounters the harsh reality of life in the oil sands, where trauma is an everyday occurrence yet is never discussed.

Her Name was Margaret: Life and Death on the Streets by Denise Davy

A compelling portrait of a woman abandoned by society. Margaret was a sweet-natured young girl who played the accordion and had dreams of becoming a teacher until she had a psychotic break in her teens and ended up a homeless woman on the streets of Hamilton, Ontario.

An Unthinkable Thing by Nicole Lundrigan

A tragedy brings a young boy into the home of a “perfect” family – one whose dark secrets begin closing in, until a horrifying moment changes everything.

All titles mentioned here are available to borrow at your local branch of the County of Lennox and Addington Libraries or online at www.countylibrary.ca.

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