• Michael Bleming

Recommended reading from the library

The Atlantic County Library System/Hammonton is located at 451 South Egg Harbor Road and may be reached by calling (609) 561-2264. Many library services are available 24/7 at www.atlanticlibrary.org.


Recommended Reading: Upcoming titles that will be circulating in our collection soon:


The Cellist

A Novel by Daniel Silva


Viktor Orlov had a longstanding appointment with death. Once Russia’s richest man, he now resides in splendid exile in London, where he has waged a tireless crusade against the authoritarian kleptocrats who have seized control of the Kremlin. His mansion in Chelsea’s exclusive Cheyne Walk is one of the most heavily protected private dwellings in London. Yet somehow, on a rainy summer evening, in the midst of a global pandemic, Russia’s vengeful president finally manages to cross Orlov’s name off his kill list.


Before him was the receiver from his landline telephone, a half-drunk glass of red wine and a stack of documents…


The documents are contaminated with a deadly nerve agent. The Metropolitan Police determine that they were delivered to Orlov’s home by one of his employees, a prominent investigative reporter from the anti-Kremlin Moskovskaya Gazeta. And when the reporter slips from London hours after the killing, MI6 concludes she is a Moscow Center assassin who has cunningly penetrated Orlov’s formidable defenses.


But Gabriel Allon, who owes his very life to Orlov, believes his friends in British intelligence are dangerously mistaken. His desperate search for the truth will take him from London to Amsterdam and eventually to Geneva, where a private intelligence service controlled by a childhood friend of the Russian president is using KGB-style “active measures” to undermine the West from within. Known as the Haydn Group, the unit is plotting an unspeakable act of violence that will plunge an already divided America into chaos and leave Russia unchallenged. Only Allon, with the help of a brilliant young woman employed by the world’s dirtiest bank, can stop it.


It’s Better This Way

A Novel by Debbie Macomber


It’s been nearly six years since Julia Jones had her heart broken. After her husband became involved with another woman, she did everything she could to save their marriage, to no avail. Their two daughters continue to stand by Jones in the wake of their father’s behavior—and they’ve had a tough time getting along with the “other woman” who became their stepmother.


Distraught after selling the family home, Jones moves into a condominium complex that offers the warmth and charm of a fresh start. Now, having settled into her new community and sold her successful interior design business, she’s embraced a fulfilling new life, one that doesn’t seem to need a man in it. Her beloved father’s trusty saying is ringing truer than ever: It’s better this way.


But when Jones meets a handsome new resident in the building’s exercise room, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Heath Johnson is a welcome change from the men she’s encountered on the occasional—mostly disastrous—dates her sister has eagerly planned for her over the years. As she and Johnson, a divorcé himself, begin to grow close, their friendship blossoms into an unexpected love. However, they soon realize that combining families proves to be a challenge, even though their four children are adults.


When a dramatic revelation threatens the happiness they’ve found, Jones and Johnson must reconcile their love for their children with their love for each other. If they can’t, their bright future together may be nothing but a dream.