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Welcome to the special Library Lovers Day edition of Librarian’s Choice Newsletter. Here you will find our top choices from our new items as we play matchmaker between you and your next reading adventure. We sincerely hope you will enjoy our selections, and discover new writers, and genres you may not have tried before. Happy Reading! Remember to share your recommendations with us on twitter @mbkshirelibrary using the #librarylove.

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See more recommendations or the full New Items List.

What's on our reading list?

The Golden Child / Wendy James
Genre: Australian Fiction

Blogger Lizzy’s life seems brimming with promise! Gorgeous children, handsome husband and destiny under control there is nothing more that Lizzy could ask for. However blogs do not always reflect reality as her real-life alter-ego Beth’s life is unravelling. Tensions with in laws and issues with teenage daughters are filling Beth’s life as she grapples with what it means to be a modern mum. This is a novel that grapples with modern-day spectres of selfies, selfishness and cyberbullying. It plays with our fears of parenting, social media and Queen Bees, and it asks the question: just how well do you know your child?

Wendy James will be visiting Muswellbrook Library for an author talk during February!


New in Fiction

Shadow Kill / Chris Ryan
Genre: Thriller

Strikeback hero John Porter is sent on a mission with Regimental scallywag John Bald. They are sent to Sierra Leone to extract Ronald Soames, a former CO of the Regiment and now right-hand man to the President. But when Porter and Bald arrive the Englishman has disappeared, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. Rebels are threatening to take over the country and its diamond mines - and to massacre all foreigners. Porter and Bald find themselves fighting shoulder to shoulder with the Regiment psychopath who is already embedded in the country.

The grazier’s wife / Barbara Hannay
Genre: Australian Fiction

For three generations of Australian women, becoming a grazier's wife has meant very different things. For Stella in 1946, it was a compromise in the aftermath of a terrible war. For Jackie in the 1970s, it was a Cinderella fairytale with an outback prince. While for Alice in 2015, it is the promise of a bright new future. From glamorous pre-war Singapore to a vast cattle property in Queensland's Far North, this sweeping, emotional saga tests the beliefs and hopes of three strong women as they learn how to hold on to loved ones and when to let go

The Award / Danielle Steel
Genre: Historical Fiction

Set in 1940, this novel follows Gaelle de Barbet, a sixteen year old French girl dealing with the horrors of World War II first hand. After losing close friends and family and Gaelle begins a perilous journey with the French Resistance, hoping to save lives to make up for the beloved friends she could do nothing to help. Taking terrifying risks, Gaëlle becomes a valuable member of the Resistance, fearlessly delivering Jewish children to safety underneath the eyes of the Gestapo and their French collaborators. But the journey doesn’t end there with a German Commander approaching Gaelle with a plan to put her back in the line of fire.

Meet me at Beachcomber Bay / Jill Mansell
Genre: Romance

Love is in the air in St Carys, but you'd never know it - the people of this seaside town are very good at keeping secrets...The man Clemency loves belongs to someone else. She has to hide her true feelings - but when she ropes in an unsuspecting friend to help, wires start to get crossed. Belle seems to have the perfect boyfriend, but something isn't quite right. And now a long-buried secret is slowly rising to the surface. The truth has a funny way of revealing itself, and when it does St Carys will be a very different place indeed...



New DVDs & CDs

We also have some fantastic new DVDs available to loan this month. You can also view the full list of new DVDs or CDs.

Bridget Jones’s Baby /

Bridget is forty-something and single again after breaking up with Mark Darcy. She decides to focus on her job and surround herself with old friends and some new ones. But her love life takes a turn when she meets a dashing American named Jack. In an unlikely twist, Bridget finds herself pregnant but she can only be fifty percent sure of the father's identity. Rated M

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children /

Jacob discovers clues to a mystery and stumbles upon Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. However the mystery is deeper than he had thought, as he gets to know the residents and learn about their special powers. Jacob discovers that only his own special peculiarity can save his new friends. Rated M

Sully /

On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, the world witnessed the Miracle on the Hudson when Captain, Chesley Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. Based on the book "Highest duty" by Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. Special features: Sully Sullenberger: the man behind the miracle.The difference between disaster and deliverance rested on the character of the man with his hands on the controls. Rated M

Red Billabong /

In the Australian Outback, two brothers discover old secrets and family lies. As their friends start to go missing they fear they are being stalked by someone or something from their worst nightmares - But is it just - A story? A legend? A hoax? Or is it real? Rated MA15+

Rogue one : a Star Wars story / music by Michael Giacchino

Red dog : true blue

Sing : original motion picture soundtrack /

Peace trail / Neil Young.


Featured Non-Fiction

The tickle fingers toddler cookbook: hands-on fun in the kitchen for 1 to 4s / Annabel Woolmer

A practical, hands-on cookery book that makes it as easy as possible for parents, grandparents and carers to have fun cooking with a toddler aged 1 to 4 years.


Breakfast, school run, chemo / Julia Watson.

'I have cancer, but it's not who I am.' - Julia Watson. Mother of four girls Julia Watson thought her world was falling apart when she found out she had terminal cancer. But with humour and courage, Julia faces the greatest challenge of her life.



New Audio Books

Here are some of our staff favourites from the new audio books this month. View the full list of new Audio Books here.

The trouble with valentines day / Rachel Gibson ; read by Kathleen Early
Romance fiction

Kate Hamilton hates Valentine's Day. And this year it's worse than normal as she tries to seduce a handsome stranger in a motel bar. He has, however, other ideas. Escaping to the small town of Gospel, Ohio, Kate is horrified to discover that Mr. Handsome Stranger lives there.

Everything you told me / Lucy Dawson ; read by Jessica Ball.
Psychological Thriller Fiction

You went to bed at home, just like every other night. You woke up in the back of a taxi, over 250 miles away. You have no idea how you got there and no memory of the last 10 hours. You have no phone, no money; just a suicide note in your coat pocket, in your own writing. You know you weren't planning to kill yourself. Your family and friends think you are lying. Someone knows exactly what happened to you. But they're not telling.

Island of glass / Nora Roberts ; read by Saskia Maarleveld.
Romance fiction

As the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there's no one more familiar with the wild than Riley, and the wolf within her. An archaeologist, Riley is no stranger to the coast of Clare, but now she finds herself on unsure footing, targeted by the dark goddess who wants more than the stars, more than the blood of the guardians. While searching through Irish history for clues that will lead them to the final star and the mysterious Island of Glass, Riley must fight her practical nature and admit her sudden attraction to Doyle is more than just a fling. For it is his strength that will sustain her and give her the power to run towards love, and save them all.

Wild Lands
Australian Fiction - Historical

New South Wales, 1837: Settlers in search of fertile country are venturing far outside the colony. Cutting a swathe through the bush with their bare hands, they lay claim to territory beyond government jurisdiction – and the reach of the law. As she accepts a position on one such farm, seventeen-year-old Kate Carter is unaware she is entering a land of outlaws, adventurers and murderous natives…

The four legendary kingdoms / Matthew Reilly ; read by Sean Mangan.
Action & Adventure

Jack West Jr and his family are living happily on their remote farm when Jack is brutally kidnapped and he awakes in an underground cell to find a masked attacker with a knife charging at him. The great games. Jack, it seems, has been chosen, along with a dozen other elite soldiers, to compete in a series of deadly challenges designed to fulfil an ancient ritual. With the fate of the Earth at stake, he will have to traverse diabolical mazes, fight cruel assassins and face unimaginable horrors that will test him like he has never been tested before. To hell and back. In the process, he will discover the mysterious and powerful group of individuals behind it all: the four legendary kingdoms. He might also discover that he is not the only hero in this place.

The Chemist / Stephanie Meyer ; read by Ellen Archer

An ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. She used to work for the U.S. government, one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came without warning, and they killed the only other person she trusted. When her former handler offers her a way out, it is her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. And now she finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival.