THE BEST GIFT
Have you ever wanted to know what happened after the story ends? That's what Markham, aka Wendy Corsi Staub, does in this follow-up to If Only in My Dreams. It takes a splash of reincarnation, adds a dollop of The Time Traveler's Wife and stirs them into a beautiful love story.
Now, on this Christmas morning, everything is perfect. She and Drew are in their dream house, she's cancer free, and, best yet, she's pregnant. Then an earthquake strikes, and Clara begins flickering back and forth to Christmas 2012. She can't figure out what's going on with her future self. She's alone, hugely pregnant and the house is full of boxes. But one thing is clear: There's been a devastating earthquake between now and then. Where is Drew? What about the baby of 2009? In 1940 her lover told her he would always be there; must she find him all over again?
(SIGNET ECLIPSE, Nov., 400 pp., $6.99)