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Registration begins May 27h. Submit your book reviews beginning June 30th. Once you have read three books this summer stop by the circulation desk for a special Locust Valley Library mug. Are you an e-reader user? Great! Visit us online and download library books using our Overdrive link(Click on e-books under cool links). Register online or in-person for the summer reading program, rate and/or review your book. You are now eligible for a raffle to win one of our Adult Summer Reading Prizes:)))
Reviews
Title
The Rescue
Author
Nicholas Sparks
Review
I have been a fan of Nicholas Sparks for quite sometime now and have already read couple of his books. While his other works – like “The Notebook”, “The Wedding” and “A Walk to Remember” – were brilliant, this book didn’t seem to fare as good as the others. It certainly lacking the *umph* factor that its predecessors had: a tear-jerking, warmth and an in-depth love story.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Marley and Me
Author
John Grogan
Review
This is a book for dog lovers, and for those who have been loved by a dog. The Grogans may not have been the best dog trainers in the world, and they may have made a common mistake of buying their dog from a backyard breeder, but what they did right was they loved their dog, and stayed devoted to him through his whole life, from puppyhood to old age.
Genre
nonfiction
Rating
Title
The things we do for love
Author
Kristin Hannah
Review
Cried my way through the ending of this one. While the plot was somewhat predictable, the emotions and the characters were authentic and tearjerking. Easy to read, hard to put down, but definitely need to have the kleenex box handy.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Oh my d
Author
Beth Ostrosky
Review
chock full of informative sidebars,questionnaires,to do list,and much more.It is the user quide to anybody who owns dog.Wonderful informations!
Genre
nonfiction
Rating
Title
When I found you
Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Review
A man finds a newborn baby in the forest. The child grows up under his grandmothers roof then back to the man that never forgot him.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Me before you
Author
JoJo Moyes
Review
A tear jerker so have tissues handy.
About a paralyize man and his companion.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Chose the wrong guy, gave him the wrong finger
Author
Beth Harbison
Review
About a girl who left a boy at the alter . Her life makes a great story considering she makes wedding dresess.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Behind the Curtain
Author
Dave Berg
Review
Nice story about the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Love reading about the people who went on to be interviewed by Jay Leno.
Genre
non-fiction
Rating
Title
The Matchmaker
Author
Elin Hilderbrand
Review
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! This is a must to read especially this summer. Almost makes me want to travel to Nantucket! Great story with great characters!
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Top Secret 21
Author
Janet Evanovich
Review
Number 21 starting from her first book One for the Money. She is very funny with her main character Stephanie Plum.
Genre
ficiton
Rating
Title
Little Earthquakes
Author
Jennifer Weiner
Review
What a great read. The story follows 3 new mothers and one mom who lost her baby.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
The Rescue
Author
Nicholas Sparks
Review
While reading The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks, I didn't want to put it down. Every chance I had I wanted to read to see what happened. Like most of Sparks' books it was amazing. A perfect love story to say the least. I would suggest this book for girls to read rather than boys. Just because it is kind of like a "chick flick" type of book.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
A Tap on the Window
Author
Linwood Barclay
Review
Good mystery with references to western New York locations. I spend the summers there, so I enjoyed understanding and knowing the areas.
Genre
mystery suspense
Rating
Title
Bad Move
Author
Linwood Barclay
Review
A fun light murder mystery. Very unexpected, after reading A Tap on the Window, but I enjoyed it.
Genre
mystery
Rating
Title
LIttle Bee
Author
Chris Cleave
Review
I loved the first half of the book, but had a hard time getting through the second half. Little Bee, a Nigerian girl who escaped her country after a series of horrific killings, ends up in England. The story follows Little Bee from her time in Nigeria to her difficult transition to England; as well as a British couple, whose lives become deeply entwined with Little Bee. A lot of the effectiveness of the book comes from the plot twists, so I'll leave the plot description at that.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Paris in time
Author
Gilbert Falissard
Review
beautiful photographs,informations and comments.This book put you in mood of nostalgia.Beautiful!
Genre
informational
Rating
Title
Magic Hour
Author
Kristin Hannah
Review
"Magic Hour" by Kristin Hannah is one of those stories I just could not put down once I started to read.

On a fall day in October a little girl shows up in a tiny town in the Pacific Northwest. The little girl is hiding in a tree visibly scared, dirty and holding a wolf pup.

The local sheriff, Elle Cates, nets and tranquilizes the howling child. She is brought to the town hospital where Dr. Max has to keep her bound to the bed and sedated. The sheriff calls her sister, Dr. Julia Cates, asking her to come home and help this child. Julia, a psychiatrist in California, recently closed her practice after a tragedy occurred with a young patient of hers. Julia decides to go home to see if she can help but also to recover from what she considers her failure.

The child is severely malnourished and small for a six year old. She doesn't speak. She howls and hurts herself. She is afraid of everyone around her and the room she is in. She appears feral to everyone observing her.

Julia decides to apply for temporary guardianship of this child and bring her home to work closely with her.

From there you read a story that has sadness, tragedy, happiness, and unexpected love.

While reading I found myself laughing out loud, crying and laughing through my tears. This is truly one of the best stories form this author I have read to date.
Genre
fiction
Rating
Title
Fall of Giants
Author
Ken Follett
Review
Epic saga set during WWI. Follett weaves stories about several families in different countries during World War I. Great pageturner. I couldn't put it down.
Genre
historical fiction
Rating
Title
My Gentle Barn
Author
Ellie Laks
Review
Ellie has quest at a young age to heal sick animals of all kinds. An abusive family drives her mission to be a voice for the voiceless. She establishes The Gentle Barn Animal Rescue in California. True story.
Genre
Non Fiction Audio Book
Rating
Title
Safe Heaven
Author
Nickolas Sparks
Review
The book is another romantic novel by Nicholas sparks that took place in South Carolina. I loved the fact that this book had an element of suspense added to it. It was difficult for me to put down this book and it took me less time to finish it than I anticipated. I once came home and sat on the couch and stayed there reading every word of the book for three straight hours without noticing the hours that went by. I loved the plot, the choices of words.
Genre
fiction
Rating