"The Promise" of Romance

Last Thursday was the kick-off for Gulf Coast Reads 2015, which means people all across the Gulf Coast region are reading Ann Weisgarber’s The Promise, a historical fiction novel largely set in Galveston during the time leading up to the deadly 1900 hurricane.  Here are some titles to feed your appetite for historical romance after finishing The Promise.

Go West Young Woman

Check out these romances that feature heroines traveling out west, choosing to become mail-order brides, shotgun weddings and marriages of convenience. 

Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion

The Promise


The History Lovers’ Book Club at Baldwin Boettcher will talk about Ann Weisgarber’s novel, The Promise, on Friday, October 16, at 2 pm.  Please join us for lemonade, cookies, and a spirited conversation about this 2015 Gulf Coast Reads title set in 1900 Galveston.

Gulf Coast Reads Month!

October is Gulf Coast Reads month, and this year we’re reading The Promise by Ann Weisgarber.  Please join us for special events to celebrate reading this book.

  • Book Discussion with the Bear Creek Book Club on Monday, October 12th at 7:00 PM
  • Responsible Pet Ownership & Helping Your Pet in Disasters on Thursday, October 22nd at 4:00 PM

All ages are welcome to attend!

Also, please stop by our special display in the Fiction section to browse other titles related to The Promise—learn about Galveston, hurricanes, the early 1900s, and more!

Book Hunters in Brief #93: Further Reading for Gulf Coast Reads

There's a feeling that all readers know when they the last words on the last page of a good book. Actually, I don't think it's a feeling; it is many feelings all swirling together: exhilaration, satisfaction, contentment, pride, but also hunger for the next book and a twinge of doubt that they'll ever find another that will give such pleasure.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Minnow Bly has learned some hard lessons in the short seventeen years that make up her life. She’s learned that parts of you that you take for granted can be taken away, your family can betray you in the blink of an eye, and she’s learned that the power of belief can be the most dangerous thing of all.


Something is in the woods surrounding the quiet town the Rook’s family has settled into. Something ancient. Something relentless. And it is oh so very hungry...

The Merciless

Four girls in the basement of an abandoned house, another bound and gagged on the dirty concrete floor. It’s okay, though. She’s going to be just fine, the other girls are here to help her. They’re here to perform the exorcism she so desperately needs. They’ve got all the tools they require: bell, book, candle… knife.

West University Book Group-November 4

too much happinessPlease join us to discuss Too Much Happiness, by Alice Munro.  

Wednesday, November 4, at 11 a.m.

“More than virtually anyone else’s, Alice Munro’s stories unfold in surprising ways that nonetheless seem perfectly right. They are marvels of unhurried compression in which precision looks casual, in which everything is clearly in its place, though no one else might think to put it exactly thus.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

That Tastes Funny

This is What You Just Put in Your MouthWhich is your philosophy?  Knowledge is power - or - ignorance is bliss.  If you subscribe to the first, take a look at This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?: From Eggnog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets of What's Inside Everyday Products by Patrick Di Justo.   

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