Michaels delivers another flawless novel as she chronicles the lives and
loves of a small-town family. Matriarch Loretta Cisco has brought jobs to Larkspur, Pennsylvania, with her candy-making enterprise. When a tornado destroys her home, the community bands together to help her rebuild it. In her personal life, Loretta is contemplating a Christmas wedding to her longtime companion, Ezra.
But love isn't so easy for her triplet grandchildren, affectionately named
the Trips, who are having marital troubles. Hannah and Sara are each married to physicians and are convinced that their husbands are cheating on them. Sam's wife Sonia has walked out on him, and he doesn't know where she's gone. As the Trips band together to make sense of the confusion in their lives, they discover some greater truths about their relationships with each other and their spouses.
Michaels is a master at family tales, and her latest is no exception. She craftily combines humor and emotions into a truly enjoyable novel. Longtime readers and newcomers alike will be pleased with this warmhearted, down-home read. (Nov., 240 pp., $18.00)