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Library Happenings – Christian fiction popular with patrons (Feb. 4, 2015 issue)

While our patrons as a population enjoy books of every type, most have a favorite genre. He relives history, while she solves a mystery. She falls in love with romance, while he rides into the sunset with Butch and Sundance.
One of the genres that seems to be especially popular in Unicoi County is Christian fiction. As I was cataloging our latest standing order shipment of Christian fiction, I discovered a book by Tracie Peterson entitled “Steadfast Heart.” It is the first novel in a new series called “Brides of Seattle,” which promises to mix romance with a Western influence.
In the waning years of the nineteenth century, Kolbein Booth, a young Chicago lawyer, travels to Seattle searching for his runaway sister. He believes she may have answered an ad for mail-order brides, so he storms into the Madison Bridal School demanding to see her. The school is not quite what he imagined.
His sister isn’t there, but other young ladies are learning the domestic arts of cooking, sewing, etc. so they will be properly prepared for marriage. Among the students is Lenore Fulcher. Determined to marry for love, she is attending classes to postpone her parents’ plan to marry her to her father’s business partner, who is seventeen years her senior.
Reading “mail-order brides” in conjunction with “Seattle,” I immediately recalled watching “Here Come the Brides” when I was young. The television series launched the careers of David Soul and teen heartthrob Bobby Sherman. With marriageable women in short supply during the early days of Seattle, the Bolt brothers were forced to recruit one hundred ladies from New Bedford, Mass., to move to Seattle in order to keep their lumberjacks from deserting the town.
Sawmill owner Aaron Stempel financed the scheme on the condition that the Bolt boys would forfeit their timberlands if even one of the girls went home. As you might imagine, persuading them to stay in the Northwest backwater was a full-time job for the Bolts and the lumberjack swains. Oh, how the times have changed!
Spotlight Book
You may have seen James Patterson on television promoting his latest novel “Private Vegas.” Or you may have heard that he gave free digital editions of the book to 1,000 readers who were lucky enough to obtain the codes to unlock them. There was, of course, a catch. You had to read it quickly: The book “self-destructed” (actually, disappeared from your eReader) after twenty-four hours.
If you are intrigued, give us a call (743-6533) and get on the hold list for the hardcover edition. Then take your time. You’ll have at least two weeks to read it before it … is past due.