DuLong returns to Cedar Key for her second book of small-town life. While a pleasant, warm-fuzzy read, complete with a helpful but unseen ghost, the book’s characters and plot lack the depth that could make this a touching story.
Newlywed Monica Brooks finds her life taking a new course when she and her husband are given full custody of his 8-year-old daughter, after his ex-wife is found to be an unfit mother. Monica has a tough time adapting to the new role and wonders if, like her grandmother, she was never meant to have children. Slowly she finds her way as Clarissa’s stepmother, discovering she likes her “new” life that weaves together her responsibilities as a parent, wife and owner of a thriving knitting shop. It’s all only possible with the unstinting help of those related by blood and friendship. (KENSINGTON, Nov., 352 pp., $15.00)