CHIN UP, HONEY
An eccentric cast of characters, a
generous helping of small-town humor and a dollop of folksy charm add up
to a mostly enjoyable novel. However, the story is hobbled by a slow pace and a central situation that's not
especially compelling, despite its potential.
Meanwhile, preparations for the big day get under way, but the joy of the occasion is marred somewhat because Johnny's prospective mother-in-law doesn't approve of him. Changing her mind becomes very important to Emma -- and not just for her son's sake. (MIRA, May, 368 pp., $13.95)