Book Talks: Seconds and Somewhere in France

secondsSeconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

In Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Katie is in a rut. The 29 year old star chef with an ego to match is stuck in limbo at her first successful restaurant “Seconds” while progress has all but halted on the completion of her bigger and better restaurant “Katie’s”. When a steamy fling with the new chef goes sour, and her charming ex-boyfriend makes an appearance, AND her best waitress is horribly injured on the job, Katie has just about had it. Then a mysterious girl visits Katie in the night with a do-it-yourself do-over involving a little red notebook and a mysterious magic mushroom. Just like that the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is  on a roll to make her life better… no… perfect. But will her determination to change the past really give her the perfect future? Or will her alterations have damaging unintended consequences.

Seconds, is a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley. It is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

somewhere in franceSomewhere in France by Jennifer Robson

Somewhere in France is the title of Jennifer Robson’s Evergreen Award™ nominated title, set in 1914 England. In this novel of the Great War, Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford, known as Lilly, breaks free from her wealthy parents’ control and becomes an ambulance driver at the front, “somewhere in France”. Lilly discovers an unexpected perk – she is close to her childhood crush, surgeon Robbie Fraser, whose lower-class beginnings made him an unworthy suitor in her parents’ eyes. World War I provides its own obstacles to the couple’s relationship however, and Robbie and Lilly struggle to overcome both the horrors around them and their own fears and anxieties about the future. Somewhere in France can be reserved through any branch of the Haliburton County Public Library .The Evergreen Award program was introduced in 2005 to give adult library patrons the opportunity to vote for a work of Canadian fiction or non-fiction that they have liked the most. Read one or all on the list and cast a vote for your favorite at any of the eight branches in the fall.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM May 31st – June 13th, 2015.

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