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CHIN UP, HONEY
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
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.
The upcoming marriage of Emma Berry's son Johnny brings her estranged husband, John Cole, home for the duration -- and while he's there, he asks Emma for a second chance. She agrees to consider the possibility, if he'll see a marriage counselor with her. John Cole's reluctant, but gives in because he really does want Emma back.
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)
Reviewed By: Catherine Witmer
Published: May 2009