New audio books available at the Taylor Community Library.
“Theodore Boone: The Accomplice” by John Grisham
Theo has been worried about his good friend Woody Lambert. Woody is struggling at school and making bad choices. When Woody is arrested for being an unwitting accomplice to armed robbery, Theo knows he is innocent. Racing the clock while Woody sits in jail, Theo will do everything in his power to help his friend and save Woody from an unforgiving system where justice is not equal for all.
“Call Your Daughter Home” by Deb Spera
In 1924 South Carolina is still recovering from the boll weevil infestation that devastated the land and economy. Gertrude must make an unconscionable decision to save her daughters from starvation or die at the hands of an abusive husband. Retta is navigating a harsh world as a first-generation freed slave, still employed by the Coles, influential plantation proprietors who once owned her family. Annie is the matriarch of the Coles family and must come to terms with the terrible truth that has ripped her family apart. These three women seemingly have nothing in common, yet as they unite to stand up to the terrible injustices that have long plagued the small town, they find strength in the bond that ties women together.
“The Giver of Stars” by JoJo Moyes
Alice Wright marries American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them and to the men they love, becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice and humanity. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they’re committed to their job, bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives.
“The Great Unexpected” by Dan Mooney
Joel lives in a nursing home, and he’s not one bit happy about it. He hates being told when to eat, when to sleep, when to take his pills. He’s fed up with life and begins to plan a way out when his new roommate, a retired soap opera actor named Frank, moves in and turns the nursing-home community upside down. Though the two men couldn’t be more opposite, a fast friendship is formed when Frank is the only one who listens to and stands up for Joel. When he tells Frank about his burgeoning plan, they embark together on a mission to find the perfect escape, and along the way will discover that it’s never too late for new beginnings.
“Her Secret Son” by Hannah Mary McKinnon
When Josh’s longtime partner, Grace, dies in a tragic accident, he is left with a mess of grief and full custody of her seven-year-old son, Logan. While not his biological father, Josh has been a dad to Logan in every way that counts, and now Logan needs him more than ever. Wanting to do right by Logan, Josh begins the process of becoming his legal guardian, something that seems suddenly urgent, though Grace always brushed it off as an unnecessary formality. As Josh struggles to find the paperwork associated with Logan’s birth, he begins to wonder whether there were more troubling reasons for Grace’s reluctance to make their family official. As he digs deeper into the past of the woman he loved, Josh soon finds that there are many dark secrets to uncover, and that the truth about where Logan came from is much more sinister than he could have imagined.
“The Last Resort” by Marissa Stapley
The Harmony Resort promises hope for struggling marriages. Run by celebrity power couple Drs. Miles and Grace Markell, the “last resort” offers a chance for partners to repair their relationships in a luxurious setting on the gorgeous Mayan Riviera. Johanna and Ben have a marriage that looks perfect on the surface, but in reality, they don’t know each other at all. Shell and Colin fight constantly, after all, Colin is a workaholic, and Shell always comes second to his job as an executive at a powerful mining company. What has really torn them apart is too devastating to talk about. When both couples begin Harmony’s intensive therapy program, it becomes clear that Harmony is not all it seems and neither are Miles and Grace themselves. What are they hiding, and what price will these couples pay for finding out? As a deadly tropical storm descends on the coast, trapping the hosts and the guests on the resort, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and not one single person or their marriage will remain unchanged by what follows.
“The Lost Letters of William Woolf” by Helen Cullen
Inside the walls of the Dead Letters Depot, letter detectives work to solve mysteries. They study missing zip codes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names all the many twists of fate behind missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills, and unanswered prayers. Their mission is to unite lost mail with its intended recipients. When letters arrive addressed simply to “My Great Love,” longtime letter detective William Woolf faces his greatest mystery to date. Written by a woman to the soulmate she hasn’t met yet, the missives capture William’s heart in ways he didn’t know possible. Soon, he finds himself torn between the realities of his own marriage and his world of letters, and his quest to follow the clues becomes a life-changing journey of love, hope and courage,
‘”The Ultimatum” by Karen Robards
All her life Bianca St. Ives knew she was different from all her friends. Instead of playing hopscotch or combing her dolls’ hair, she studied martial arts with sensei masters and dismantled explosives with special-ops retirees. Her father prepped her well to carry on the family business. Now a striking beauty with fierce skills, the prodigy has surpassed the master. She’s known as the Guardian. Running a multinational firm with her father, she makes a living swindling con men out of money they stole and she’s good, damn good at it. She does things on her own terms. Her latest gig had a hitch, if you count two hundred million dollars and top secret government documents going missing as little. Her father also died on the mission. The thing is, the U.S. government doesn’t believe he’s really dead. They’ll stop at nothing to capture Richard St. Ives, a high-value target and someone who has been on most-wanted lists all over the world for over two decades, and they mean to use Bianca as bait. With only a fellow criminal for backup and her life on the line, it’s up to Bianca to uncover the terrifying truth behind what really happened and set it right, before it’s too late.
“The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her, but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known. So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.
“29 Seconds” by T.M. Logan
Sarah is a young professor struggling to prove herself in a workplace controlled by Alan Hawthorne. A scholar and television host, Hawthorne rakes in million-dollar grants for the university where Sarah works, so his inappropriate treatment of female colleagues behind closed doors has gone unchallenged for years. Now Sarah is his newest target. When Hawthorne’s advances become threatening, Sarah is left with nowhere to turn. Until the night she witnesses an attempted kidnapping of a young child on her drive home, and impulsively jumps in to intervene. The child’s father turns out to be a successful businessman with dangerous connections and her act of bravery has put this powerful man in her debt. He gives Sarah a burner phone and an unbelievable offer. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that can make all her problems disappear. No consequences. No traces. All it takes is a 29-second phone call. Because everyone has a name to give. Don’t they?