When a small community notices a high incidence of breast cancer, they band together to raise money for new medical equipment. Their first project is THE HEALING QUILT (4), and Lauraine Snelling's novel brings together a wonderful group of women. For Kit Cooper, grief hits each June, on the anniversary of her daughter's death. Her struggle with anger and sorrow doesn't stop her from reaching out to Beth Donnelly, who has also suffered losses …one she'll talk about and one she can't bear to think about. Elaine Giovanni lends her talent to the project, while Teza Dennison is a rock of support. More than a quilt is in the making, but when Beth's past is revealed and Teza has a crisis, will they finish the project? More importantly, will their hearts be mended, faith restored and lasting friendships forged? Ms. Snelling's writing shines in a story sure to cause tears and smiles. Everyone should have friends like these. (Jul., 378 pp., $13.99)

Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston