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If these cold winter days have you longing for a change of scenery, stop in the library for a book. A good story can transport you to another place and time, introduce you to new people, and involve you in experiences you might never otherwise have. It can broaden your understanding and strengthen your faith as well. That’s too good an opportunity to pass up!

We have some new additions to a couple of our popular series. Author Sarah Sundin has written three different series that take place during World War II. Anchor in the Storm is the second book in her “Waves of Freedom” series. When Lillian Avery is hired to work in a Boston pharmacy she has two strikes against her—she is a woman in a typically male profession and she has a physical disability. Never one to let an obstacle stand in her way, she is determined to prove herself capable. She is alarmed by the number of large prescriptions the pharmacy is filling for pain medication, so she decides to investigate. She is forced to team up with her brother’s annoyingly snobbish friend who serves aboard the ship where much of the medication is going. In the process of discovering the truth about the drugs she also discovers that she has been wrong about her brother’s friend. A lot of excitement, a little bit of romance, and a mystery to solve make this a good book.

If you have read any of the stories about the Bjorklund family in Lauraine Snelling’s “Red River” and “Blessing” series (and even if you haven’t) you’ll want to read From This Day Forward, the fourth book in “Song of Blessing.” Deborah MacCallister has always had a special place in her heart for Toby Valders, but she’s getting tired of waiting. Toby knows he truly cares for Deborah but can’t bring himself to make a commitment. When Blessing builds a new school and the newly hired school teacher shows a special interest in Deborah, Toby has some scrambling to do, but is he too late?

If you haven’t tried reading a series book yet, please do so. You don’t have to start at the beginning as most are good stories on their own, but once you have found a series you like, you may find yourself hooked and wanting to read them all!

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