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Like Dandelion Dust (2009) PG-13

Touching tearjerker about loving adoptive parents who fight to keep their son Joey when the birth parents want him back.  Like Dandelion Dust is a good movie exploring the love of family.

Based on the 2006 novel by Karen Kingsbury.
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The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain (2012)

This novel, which is told by three different narrators, is fast-paced and quite intriguing. A major theme which runs through the story is "What makes a good parent?"

Travis Brown is a young single father who loves his four-year-old daughter Bella more than anything in the world. Down on his luck and out of work, he trusts the wrong people and finds himself involved in a situation that is illegal and dangerous.

Diane Chamberlain keeps getting better and better with each novel she writes. You just have to continue reading "one more chapter" to find out what will happen. Very entertaining!

Check out The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain.
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The 5th Quarter (2009) PG

Based on a true story of the Abbate family, a young man leads his college football team to a winning season in memory of his youngest brother, who was killed in a tragic car accident. It’s a very touching movie; you may need to grab the box of tissues.

For more on the family behind the story, visit the Luke Abbate 5th Quarter Foundation website.

Find the movie The 5th Quarter at the library.

 
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Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult (2011)

No one can get into the minds of her characters like Jodi Picoult. That’s what makes her books really enjoyable to read.

In this hard-to-put-down novel, the author explores and intermingles several complex topics, such as infertility, same-sex marriage, ultra-conservative churches, and legal battles over frozen embryos.

I felt I knew the characters so well that I was sorry to see the story come to an end. Definitely a keeper!

Check out a copy of Sing You Home today.
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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (2008)
All animal lovers should read this book! It is narrated by Enzo, who is a dog. You may need a box of tissues, particularly at the end, but this is a lovely novel which explores the beauty of love and family relationships.

Check out the book trailer for Racing in the Rain below.

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Saving Max by Antoinette Van Heugten

Saving Max by Antoinette Van Heugten (2010)
This is a good legal thriller that will keep readers engrossed until the last chapter. Danielle Parkman is a single mother who struggles against insurmountable odds to prove her teenage son is innocent after being accused of murder. The novel also explores the difficulties parents face when raising a child with special needs.

For more legal thrillers here is a list of books in genre  we recommend.
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Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (2010)
This is a rather captivating story written by Nicholas Sparks about a young woman who manages to escape from her abusive husband and start a new life in North Carolina. She meets a widower and falls in love with him and his two children. Of course, her deranged husband, who is also a police detective, never gives up searching for her. Good entertaining read!

If you like Nicholas Sparks, check out our list of other books you may enjoy.
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Shattered by Karen Robards

Shattered by Karen Robards (2010)
A young attorney returns home to Kentucky to care for her terminally ill mother. While at work, she stumbles across a cold case which, of course, leads to danger. Throw in some romance, and this is a story that’s fun to read and hard to put down.

For other romantic suspense titles, check out our bibliography. Read an excerpt on the author's website.
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Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans

Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans (2006)
This story was very touching. It illustrates the beauty and power of love, particularly the special love that exists between siblings. The reader becomes wrapped up in the plot from the very beginning.

Read a review at BookReporter.com and visit the author's website.
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House Rules by Jodi Picoult

House Rules by Jodi Picoult (2010)
In her latest novel, which is one of her best, a teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome is accused of murder. Not only is this book really difficult to put down, you can also learn a great deal about Asperger’s and forensic science. Jodi Picoult sure does her research while creating her novels. Excellent read!

Read an excerpt from the book and visit this bestselling author's website.
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The Walk by Richard Paul Evans

The Walk by Richard Paul Evans (2010)
This book is the first in a series by Evans. It explores what happens to a man when he literally loses everything that is precious to him. It gives you a lot to think about.

Preview the book before visiting the library and visit the author's website.
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The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain (2006)
This is an interesting fictional tale about a 16-year-old girl who trusts the wrong person and finds herself in a very dangerous situation. After a horrible tragedy occurs, she must go “underground” and assume a new identity to protect herself.

As the story unfolds, we see how this impacts her life and the lives of those she loves. It kind of grabs you and holds your interest after the first few chapters. You feel as if you really get to know the characters.

Visit the author's website and read reviews at Amazon.com.
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The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult (2006)
This interesting page-turner explores the deep love between a father and daughter. It also shows the horrible aftereffects following a date-rape.

Read an excerpt and check out the reading group guide at Bookreporter.com and be sure to visit this popular author's website.


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Still Life by Joy Fielding

Still Life by Joy Fielding (2009)
This is an interesting fictional tale about a young woman who is in a coma following a horrible hit-and-run accident. It turns out that maybe the hit-and-run wasn’t an accident at all. Very enjoyable!

Visit the author's website to read the first chapter or check out the publisher's site for a discussion guide.
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Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult (2009)
In this very sad but excellent story, Jodi Picoult tells of the heartache a family suffers in caring for their disabled daughter. It grabs you from the very first chapter. Bring some tissues along.

Read the reviews at Amazon.com and visit the author's website to read an excerpt or a synopsis and find discussion questions.