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Sharing an Adventure with Friends
on January 28, 2009
Nancy Mehl's Winter Break anthology is highly recommended for a pleasant, absorbing and cheering mental vacation.
Main character Ivy Towers is the kind of person who would make a great best friend: self-deprecating, humorous, yet idealistic and compassionate. She has returned to a town that she remembers fondly from childhood. The death of her aunt is a shock, but spunky Ivy is undeterred in her determination to follow in Bitty's footsteps as a bookseller. Complications and romance follow.
Mehl is deft with her characterizations, creating three-dimensional small-town people with believable flaws and deep-seated values.
The gentle Christian message is a natural part of life in Winter Break, and strongly influences Ivy's attitudes. Anybody who has lived in a small town has encountered the same ups and downs of life there, encompassing both the tragic and the hilarious.
COZY IN KANSAS is a real treat, because the reader is able to trace several phases of Ivy's life in one volume. I'm looking forward to the fourth in the series, THERE GOES SANTA CLAUS.