Love is in the air and in these new romance novels!

“Cottage of Rose Lane” by Hope Ramsay. Jenna Fossey’s life is about to change. An unexpected inheritance and the chance to meet relatives she never knew existed has her heading to the charming little town of Magnolia Harbor. But as soon as she arrives, long-buried family secrets lead to even more questions, and the only person who can help her find the answers is her sexy-as-sin sailing instructor. Nothing makes Jude St. Pierre feel more alive than racing on the open sea — at least, not until Jenna comes strolling down his dock asking for sailing lessons. But it feels wrong to be attracted to her — especially when he learns why she came to town. Jude knows she deserves the truth, but can he help her discover it without losing her and the family he’s come to think of as his own?

“Met Her Match” by Debbie Macomber. Terri Rayburn is a girl with a reputation. She doesn’t deserve it, but having grown up on the outskirts of Summer Hill, Virginia, she knows how small towns work. The only way to deal with vicious gossip is to ignore it. She keeps to herself as she runs the summer resort on Lake Kissel. When she returns home from a short trip to find a handsome stranger living in her house, she smells a rat. Someone is trying to fix her up, and she admits that Nate Taggert is just her type. However, Nate is engaged to the daughter of the mayor and strictly off-limits. Nate and Terri form an unlikely friendship while he throws himself into life at the lake. As Nate starts to hear rumors about Terri, he’s confused. Knowing how smart, beautiful and strong she is, he’s determined to discover the source of the gossip. Terri doesn’t want to revisit the past, but Nate won’t stop until he discovers the truth — even if the truth might be more than either of them can handle.

“Under Currents” by Nora Roberts. For both Zane and Darby, their small-town roots hold a terrible secret. Now, decades later, they’ve come together to build a new life. But will the past set them free or pull them under? Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back. Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own. Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past and stand up for the ones they love.


Writers Group: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 15. Want to express yourself in writing better? Join other aspiring writers for topics of interest, support and advice.

ECFE on Wheels: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18. For ages birth to 5. Registration for each child per event session is required. Parent/guardian needs to stay with children. Parent education staff provides a free ECFE experience for families, caregivers and children ages birth to 5 to share together. There will be circle time, songs, an art activity and literacy take-home project.

Carver Scott Master Gardeners presents Fun with Herbs: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20. Beyond the kitchen, herbs are eco-friendly and a fun way to make your own cleaning supplies, beauty boosters, vinegar scrubs, aromatherapy and so much more. Come have fun learning new ways to use herbs.


Introduction to Image Editing: 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18. Ever wonder what to do with all your digital photos? This class will help take your photography to the next level. Learn about some of the top free editing applications, including Pixlr, Gimp, and VSCO. Discover the basics of cropping, saturation, contrast, exposure, and color temperature to enhance the quality of your photos. If possible, please bring a laptop or other device to work with and some digital photos to edit. Presented by Twin Cities Media Alliance and funded by MELSA.

Senior Surf Day: 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19. Come and learn how to surf the internet, type a web address, navigate a website and more. This class is designed for beginners, with a special emphasis on sites of interest to seniors. This is intended as a small class where the presenter provides plenty of individual help.

Carver Scott Master Gardeners presents Container Gardening: 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19. Just about anything can be used as a container and just about anything can be grown in containers. Join us to learn the secrets to successful container gardening, how to design ornamental containers and some suggested plants. This class is presented by Carver/Scott Master Gardeners.


3D Design and Print for Kids: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18. For ages 9-13. Learn about 3D printing and how it could shape the future. Try your hand at 3D modeling and computer-aided design (CAD) using Tinkercad to create a personalized project. Watch the 3D printer in action and add your design to our print queue. Projects will be ready for pickup approximately two weeks after each session. Registration required.


Lapsit Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Chanhassen. For ages birth to 18 months. Babies and their caregivers share quality time in a 20-minute session designed to encourage language development through board books and movement activities, followed by time for visiting and play.

Family Storytimes: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Chanhassen; 6:30 p.m. Monday and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Chaska; 10:30 a.m. Monday, Victoria. For all ages, with a focus on children age 2 and up. Children, parents and their caregivers are invited to share 30 minutes of singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking that encourages the development of early literacy skills.

Toddler Storytimes: 10:30 a.m., Monday, Chanhassen; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Chaska; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Victoria. Toddlers and their caregivers are welcome to join us for 20 minutes of action-packed fun with stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and musical movement for this age group. Come shake your sillies out with us. For ages 18-36 months.

Patrick Jones is branch manager for the Chanhassen and Victoria libraries. He can be reached at


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