Charlotte Figg, the diverse cast of characters, her dog -- all were fully developed and differentiated. In real life, everybody has a story. The most unlikely looking people can turn out to be just wonderful and turn one's preconceptions upside down, and the author sure showed that in this book.
The plot was great -- it had depth, there were subplots to add complexity, and I didn't see any holes in it at all.
The storyline held my interest all the way through the book, which I was initially worried about since there was a softball team involved. I didn't want to have to slog through reading about a bunch of pitches and hits. The author did a great job of furthering the story via the softball team.
The story was not predictable and it was believable. It helped that my aunt once purchased a trailer in a trailer park in a far away state, sight unseen, and moved there. Even if I hadn't known anyone who did that, I could see that someone might do that -- Charlotte had to get to Pennsylvania somehow. She had guts, and I liked that.
I also liked how the various problems that came up were solved in such real, heartwarming, and unique ways.
I enjoyed getting to know the characters, wished I had a dog like Lucky, and was especially enchanted with the Hand of God statue. The characters were like real people whom I would like to meet. I felt like I knew them when I finished the book.
This was one of the most original, entertaining, and thought-provoking books I have read in a long time. It would be a great reading group selection because there is so much to talk about, and it is not boring. I am so glad that Joyce Magnin has written a few more books. I am looking forward to reading them all, and I hope she writes many more.