Bookish Vibes Book Club & Author Visit with Diane Chamberlain

**Attention book lovers!**       `

Are you an avid reader looking to discuss books by popular authors with fellow book lovers?  If so, the Livingston Public Library’s Virtual Bookish Vibes Book Club is for you! Bookish Vibes is all about “vibing” with a great read.  Every month we will meet on Zoom at 7pm to discuss books by a chosen monthly author.  

If you have read books in the past by the selected monthly author but don’t have time to devote to an entire novel right now, come and discuss what you have read.  If you haven’t read anything by the author,  copies of a selected title will be available for you to borrow from the library at the Patron Services Desk. 

The next Bookish Vibes meeting will be held on Monday, January 11 at 7pm through Zoom, and we will be discussing books by Diane CHamberlain. The best part? Chamberlain will be also be joining our book club meeting! A copy of Chamberlain’s  latest novel Big Lies in a Small Town, a a gripping novel about the lives of two artists living over seventy years apart and a legacy of secrets that ties them together, will be available for you to borrow from the Patron Services Desk. Discussion will open with “Big Lies in a Small Town,” and then will branch off into Chamberlain’s other works as well as our own bookish thoughts about the novels and act of reading.  You can register for the January Bookish Vibes meeting here.

If you’re interested in reading Chamberlain’s other books, stop by the library to browse the collection, or check out one of these titles from the Livingston Public Library’s Digital Collections.

Big Lies in a Small Town Ebook |

From the Publisher: “North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher’s life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, her dream of a career in art is put on hold—until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will get her released from prison immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to be free, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets.

North Carolina, 1940:Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and in great need of work, she accepts. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder.

What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies?”

The Dream Daughter Ebook | Audiobook

From the Publisher: “

When Carly Sears, a young woman widowed by the Vietnam war, receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970, and she is told that nothing can be done to help her child. But her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, tells her that perhaps there is a way to save her baby. What he suggests is something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Carly has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage she never knew existed. Something that will mean an unimaginable leap of faith on Carly’s part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.”

The Silent Sister ebook

From the Publisher: “In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now? As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing mystery from international bestselling author Diane Chamberlain.”

The Good Father ebook | audiobook

From the Publisher: “A beloved daughter. A devastating choice. And now there’s no going back.

Four years ago, nineteen-year-old Travis Brown made a choice: to raise his newborn daughter on his own. While most of his friends were out partying and meeting girls, Travis was at home, changing diapers and worrying about keeping food on the table. But he’s never regretted his decision. Bella is the light of his life. The reason behind every move he makes. And so far, she is fed. Cared for. Safe.

But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he’s worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble….

Then a miracle. A job in Raleigh has the power to turn their fortunes around. It has to. But when Travis arrives in Raleigh, there is no job, only an offer to participate in a onetime criminal act that promises quick money and no repercussions.

With nowhere else to turn, Travis must make another choice for his daughter’s sake.

Even if it means he might lose her.”

Pretending to Dance ebook | audiobook

From the Publisher: “Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She lives in San Diego with a husband she adores, and they are trying to adopt a baby because they can’t have a child on their own. But the process of adoption brings to light many questions about Molly’s past and her family-the family she left behind in North Carolina twenty years before. The mother she says is dead but who is very much alive. The father she adored and whose death sent her running from the small community of Morrison’s Ridge. Her own birth mother whose mysterious presence in her family raised so many issues that came to a head. The summer of twenty years ago changed everything for Molly and as the past weaves together with the present story, Molly discovers that she learned to lie in the very family that taught her about pretending. If she learns the truth about her beloved father’s death, can she find peace in the present to claim the life she really wants?”

Fire and Rain ebook | audiobook

From the Publisher: “Into the drought-weary California town of Valle Rosa comes a stranger who promises he can make it rain. All he asks for is a place to stay and complete privacy. But he is too charismatic to maintain a low profile . . . and the adobe cottage he’s given to live in is owned by an investigative TV reporter struggling to revive her career. Fire and Rain is a love story filled with mystery and heart.”

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes ebook | audiobook

From the Publisher: “In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child.

CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve Russell died, because she was there. And she knows what happened to her missing infant, because two decades ago she made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and she has another choice to make. Tell the truth and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die in order to protect a lifetime of lies.”

Summer’s Child ebook | audiobook

From the Publisher: “Early on the morning of her eleventh birthday, on the beach beside her North Carolina home, Daria Cato receives an unbelievable gift from the sea, an abandoned newborn baby. When the infant’s identity cannot be uncovered, she is adopted by Daria’s loving family. But her silent secrets continue to haunt Daria. Now, twenty years later, Shelly has grown into an unusual, ethereal young woman whom Daria continues to protect. But when Rory Taylor, a friend from Daria’s childhood and now a television producer, returns at Shelly’s request to do a story about the circumstances surrounding her birth, something precarious shifts in the small town of Kill Devil Hills. The more questions Rory asks, the more unsettled the tiny community becomes, as closely guarded secrets and the sins of that long-ago summer begin to surface. Piece by piece, the mystery of summer’s child is being exposed, a mystery that no one involved, not Shelly, Daria, not even Rory, is prepared to face.”

The Shadow Wife ebook

From the Publisher: “Joelle D’Angelo’s best friend, Mara, is left with brain damage after she suffers an aneurysm giving birth to her son. Alone and grieving, Joelle turns to the only other person who understands her pain: her colleague-and Mara’s husband-Liam. What starts out as comfort between friends gradually becomes something more…something undeniable.

Torn by guilt and the impossibility of her feelings for Liam, Joelle sets out determined to find help for Mara, no matter how unconventional the source. Her search leads her to a mansion in Monterey, California, and into the life of a woman shrouded in mystery. Carlynn Kling Shire is a healer and, according to Joelle’s parents, saved Joelle’s life when she was an infant. As Joelle is guided down an unfamiliar path by a woman keeping her own shocking secrets, she discovers that while some love is doomed, some love is destined to survive anything.”

The Midwife’s Confession ebook | audiobook

From the Publisher: “Dear Anna, What I have to tell you is difficult to write, but I know it will be far more difficult for you to hear, and I’m so sorry… The unfinished letter is the only clue Tara and Emerson have to the reason behind their close friend Noelle’s suicide. Everything they knew about Noelle-her calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family-described a woman who embraced life. Yet there was so much they didn’t know. With the discovery of the letter and its heartbreaking secret, Noelle’s friends begin to uncover the truth about this complex woman who touched each of their lives-and the life of a desperate stranger-with love and betrayal, compassion and deceit. Told with sensitivity and insight, The Midwife’s Confession will have you turning pages late into the night. From the bestselling author of The Lies We Told and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes comes a story of deception that asks: How much is too much to forgive?”

Breaking the Silence ebook | audiobook

From the Publisher: “Laura Brandon’s promise to her dying father was simple: to visit an elderly woman she’d never heard of before. A woman who remembers nothing-except the distant past. Visiting Sarah Tolley seemed a small enough sacrifice to make. But Laura’s promise results in another death. Her husband’s. And after their five-year-old daughter, Emma, witnesses her father’s suicide, Emma refuses to talk about it…to talk at all. Frantic and guilt ridden, Laura contacts the only person who may be able to help. A man she’s met only once-six years before. A man who doesn’t know he’s Emma’s real father. Guided only by a child’s silence and an old woman’s fading memories, the two unravel a tale of love and despair, of bravery and unspeakable evil. A tale that’s shrouded in silence…and that unbelievably links them all.”

Before the Storm ebook | audiobook

From the Publisher: “Dive in to the emotional world created by bestselling author Diane Chamberlain in this story of a mother’s love and a town mystery.

Fifteen-year-old Andy Lockwood is special. Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he’s more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean.

Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She’s spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she’s succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parent-maybe even overprotective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social-a decision that terrifies her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survives…and remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart.

But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son…and how far she’ll go to keep her promise to protect him forever.”

More audiobooks available from Hoopla Digital: Brass Ring, The Lies We Told, Reflection, Keeper of the Light, Her Mother’s Shadow, The Escape Artist, Kiss River, Private Relations, Secret Lives, The Courage Tree, The Bay at Midnight, Secrets She Left Behind.

I hope you join us at our January Bookish Vibes meeting. I can’t wait to get bookish with you!

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

Message From the Director: Award Winning Author Alisha Sevigny Visits LPL Virtually

Amy Director

Livingston Library Community, 

One of the best parts about working in the library is the ability to connect readers with not only their next favorite read, but also with the authors behind the books that they cherish.  That’s why the Livingston Public Library is excited to host a virtual author visit through Zoom with award winning middle grade and young adult author Alisha Sevigny.  

During this virtual visit, Sevigny will be discussing her latest book, The Desert Prince,  an adventurous second installment to the popular Secrets of the Sands series set in Egypt. For those aspiring to become writers, Sevigny will also be discussing the process that goes into writing a book.  A question and answer session will follow the discussion.

This will be the author’s second virtual visit to LPL; Sevigny participated in the Xtreme Readers Book Club in April when we discussed the first book in the Secrets of the Sands series, The Lost Scroll of the Physician.

Sevigny is the author of the middle grade Secrets of Sands series as well as two standalone young adult novels.  She holds a degree in Professional Writing from the University of Victoria. This event is recommended for children grades 4 and up and is open to Livingston residents only. Registration is required for this event and can be done so on the Library’s event calendar, here.  An email with information on how to access the Zoom presentation will be emailed to registered attendees one day prior to the event. 


Amy, Director