Three women of different ages and situations are living on Canada's Sunshine Coast in The Gossip Queens (3), Kate Austin's book about relationships. Mercedes Jones, who runs the Sand Dollar Motel, has worried about daughter Julie's love life for so long that she hasn't been thinking about her own. Rose and her husband own the Way-Inn, where she serves as hostess and waitress. And Doris' daughter has been in an accident that left her unable to care for her baby, so Doris is her granddaughter's full-time babysitter. The three of them have taken care of the emotional and practical needs of their small town for years, but now each has her own problems to deal with. Told in both first and third person, this is a heartwarming and deeply emotional book that is well worth sticking with past the somewhat slow beginning.
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Page Traynor