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This author uses all the characters in all the books, and I love that. Some series focus on just one character, while I'm anxious to read about everybody. This series is wonderful.
But why did she have Claire to say, when she was worried that she might have cancer:"but most cancers are curable nowadays".
Where did she get that idea? Millions of people are still dying from cancer. It really irks me when authors make dumb/incorrect statements like that.
One other thing bothered me: in other books in the series, but especially in this one, so many people say that Lacey is plain/homely. Why focus so much on looks? That statement did not need to be in the books, although it does go along with the plot of this book. But could have made it a less cruel observation with another descriptive word.
Mayor Felix Riley discovers a lot of quartz on his land and wants to learn about mining it. Where there is quartz, there is often gold, and there was a limited amount of gold mined in area in the 1800’s. Riley’s research led to a nasty discovery. Howie Newlander, local schemer, purchased mineral rights to Riley’s and several other homeowners’ property. It might be just a matter of time before he begins to mine it, destroying the town.
Claire and Patsy, her best friend since childhood, are 48. They have a gallery where they sell their artwork, the Painted Loon. Claire is a potter who creates vases, mugs, etc. with whimsical critters, and Patsy is a painter. Their careers are very successful and they are preparing for an upcoming tour. Claire’s twin daughters will get married in a couple months in a double ceremony. It is not the ideal time, then, for Claire to think she might be pregnant, or possibly have cancer. The fear of either is on her mind and she continues to give it to the Lord. She doesn’t want to have a child at this age, especially since they have grandchildren.
Lacey is an extreme introvert; only her husband Jake really understands her. She tends to fade into the background. She doesn’t want to stand out, but she wants her work to stand out. By day she is a loan officer at the bank, working for her brother-in-law. By night she is an author, writing mysteries in the form of plays which are brought to life by the local theater group. One night when looking at the special lighting being installed, a terrible accident occurred, shattering her face and endangering her life. The surgeons who re-created her face tried to do so from a photo, but she awakens with a different face. As if a change of identity isn’t enough, the insurance carrier has denied the claim on the grounds that the plastic surgery, required to put her back together, improved her appearance.
Each of the characters are designed with care; they are as well-defined as necessary for their roles. We learn about them through their dialog and descriptive prose. I like Lacey best, then Claire and Patsy. Each are successful in what they do, even though Lacey often sells herself short. She is not a Christian before the accident, and especially not immediately following her surgeries. Seeing how her husband, the other ladies, and a fellow author, Carin, are supportive of her is part of the joy of the process.
I was invested in this novel from the beginning. The mystery surrounding the mineral rights and how the town might try to work together keeps the pages turning. The health concerns of Claire and the results of the accident for Lacey turn the pages faster. What holds it all together is how many of the folks look to the Lord and help each other. The challenges kept me guessing throughout and the surprises at the end are satisfying. It can be read as a standalone novel or as part of the series. This delightful, sometimes humorous, and realistic novel can be enjoyed by women of all ages, and I highly recommend it.
From a grateful heart: I was given this eBook by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
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