By Angie Georgeff
It is the middle of June, so the Beach Reads are sprouting among the new releases and blooming on the bestseller lists. Dorothea Benton Frank’s “By Invitation Only” opens with an engagement party given by the groom’s family in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Fred Stiftel and Shelby Cambria met in college and currently work for the same large Chicago accounting firm. Their families, however, are separated by about a thousand miles and millions of dollars. While Fred’s family are hard-working peach farmers, Shelby’s parents are a titan of business and a doyenne of society. The backwater barbecue is likely to be eclipsed by the Chicago shindig planned by Susan Cambria. Should Fred’s doting mother Diane be worried about her son’s future happiness?
“The High Tide Club” is Mary Kay Andrews’s summer offering for 2018. At the age of 99, heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick is dying, but she is not yet done fighting. Shellhaven, her estate on unspoiled Talisa Island off the Georgia coast is coveted by the state, but Josephine is determined to leave it to her estranged friends, the High Tide Club, or their descendants. To that end, she hires struggling attorney Brooke Trappnell, who learns that she is the granddaughter of one of the club’s members. Brooke’s search for other potential heirs alternates with the story of the High Tide Club and one pivotal week in October 1941. Neither treasure nor secrets can stay buried forever, especially on an island.
If you find yourself waiting for your kids while they attend one of our Summer Reading Programs, take advantage of the lull to ease your stress with one of our coloring bookmarks. A station has been set up near our public access computers with bookmarks and colored pencils. The designs are new and simpler this year, so they won’t take as long to finish. The fish and bird bookmarks in particular lend themselves to fanciful swaths of color, but any of the four designs will give you a welcome opportunity to relax.
And while you’re here, be sure to take a look at the gift baskets that are the prizes for the adult Summer Reading Program this year. If you favor one over the others, you may write its name on your entry blank. In that case, if your name is the first one drawn, then you will get the basket of your choice. Good luck to all!
Family Fun Friday
Beatrice Green the Recycling Queen will be at Erwin’s Town Hall on Friday, June 15, to present her “Libraries Rock!” program for summer 2018. Round up the kids and join us there at 3 p.m. for fun with a purpose.