From Publishers Weekly
When Sarah Draycott moves to a small town on the coast of Maine following her divorce, she is drawn into the lives, joys, and heartaches of her neighbors. She helps a widow deal with her child's illness. And she helps nine-year-old Oliver-who is taken into custody by an uncle he's never met-discover the truth about the deteriorating mansion where he now lives. Kirsten Potter's slow, smooth narration fits Cannell's novel. And while the book contains emotional scenes, mystery, and suspense, it's written in a low-key tone-and Potter matches it perfectly, while also giving the characters (both young and old) recognizable and appropriate voices. A Severn House paperback.
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Sarah is still reeling from an unexpected and painful divorce. She moves to a sleepy coastal village and buys the first house she sees. Almost immediately, Sarah meets a wide variety of people whose lives entwine and converge with her own, and ultimately everyone’s circumstances change. There are Gwen, who is caring for an adult son with early-onset Alzheimer’s; Nellie, a nosy eightysomething who consults spirit guides and carries a cane she doesn’t need; and nine-year-old Oliver, who moves into the old Cully mansion with his aunt and uncle because his grandfather, who is his legal guardian, can no longer care for him. Cannell is best known for her cozy mysteries (She Shoots to Conquer, 2009), but coziness doesn’t translate quite as well here. The charming village and overly nice, one-dimensional characters doing very nice things for each other feel forced when not anchored by a solid mystery. Cannell does create a mini-mystery surrounding the possibly haunted Cully mansion and the not-nice behavior of Oliver’s aunt and uncle, and this is when the novel shines. --Carolyn Kubisz