From Publishers Weekly
Dunbar's sophomore effort provides the same warm, harmless entertainment as did her debut (The Saints and Sinners of Okay County
) and once again features Aletta Honor, Okay County psychic and single mother of four. Between dumping her current beau, Eugene, hooking up with dashing, too-good-to-be-true Charlie Baxter and pacifying her hovering alcoholic mess of an ex-husband, Jimmy, Aletta barely finds time to give readings to her customers. A visit from a strange Native American bearing a cryptic eagle feather inexplicably strips Aletta of her intuitive ability, just as long-lost second cousin Vee arrives in town armed with a family secret that turns Aletta's world upside down. Vee's revelation spurs Aletta and friends Joy and Bobette to embark on a wacky road trip to dig up her ancestry, solve the feather mystery and hopefully restore her psychic skills. The simplistic, threadbare plot will be of little concern to those craving Dunbar's wholesome, homespun storytelling about the ups and downs of a colorful group of family and friends—all wrapped up with a heartfelt resolution. (Mar.)
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Dunbar continues the saga of her gritty and effervescent heroine, Aletta Honor, first introduced in The Saints and Sinners of Okay County
(2003). Aletta, a psychic reader in Okay, Oklahoma, is divorced and raising four kids, ages 3 to 15, on her own because her ex-husband, Jimmy, an alcoholic and a ladies' man, is no help at all. Suddenly and inexplicably, Aletta loses her ability to see into the future, and she thinks a mysterious Native American stranger may somehow be responsible. She enlists three friends to join her on an odyssey to New Mexico, an Oz-like journey to retrieve her mystical vision. Dunbar's marvelously quirky characters are only too happy to oblige, each eager to escape Okay's humdrum routine and various love-life disasters. A side plot involving Aletta's long-lost cousin--an ecoterrorist eluding the FBI--enlivens an already bursting saga with one more facet of mayhem. In her now-familiar Oklahoma twang, Dunbar expertly juggles multiple plots touching on alcoholism, women's rights, and Native American beliefs. Deborah DonovanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved