PAST AND PRESENT are entwined in our latest reading recommendations. Sam Capra wants to know if he really witnessed his brother’s execution by extremists, while now-grown-up Clemency Smitten seeks to discover why she was adopted as a baby and what really happened to her parents.
The last of our trio of novel offerings, the long-awaited follow-up to Harper Lee’s masterpiece, To Kill A Mockingbird, is set in the past but remains wholly relevant today.
The First Order
by Jeff Abbott
SIX YEARS AGO, Sam Capra watched while his brother Danny was executed by extremists. It was the darkest day of his life.
When evidence surfaces that Danny might be leading a secret, hidden life while the world believes him to be dead, Sam uncovers a different side to the brother he thought he knew. Could Danny be plotting a murder that could change history – the assassination of the Russian president?
Determined to stop his brother from committing a crime that may start a terrible war, Sam goes undercover, but how far will he go to save him?
That Girl From Nowhere
by Dorothy Koomson
CAN YOU HAVE a future without knowing your past? Clemency Smittson was adopted as a baby and the only connection to her birth mother is a cardboard box hand-decorated with butterflies. Now an adult, Clem moves to Brighton, where she was born, and meets someone who knows all about the butterfly box and what happened to her birth parents.
As the shocking secrets about her adoption and childhood start to unravel, Clem has to decide if the cost of having contact with her first family is a price too high to pay…
Go Set A Watchman
by Harper Lee
FROM HARPER LEE comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. The publication intensifies the regret that Harper Lee published so little.
Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humour and effortless precision – a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times.
Sadly Harper Lee passed away on February 19, 2016 aged 89.
Me Before You
NEVER JUDGE A BOOK by the movie they say – wrong in this case since this film is a good adaptation of the book by JoJo Moyes, which can also be found on the Library shelves.
Young and quirky Louisa “Lou” Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralysed from an accident two years earlier.
Will’s cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined.