As this third Eternity Springs story works its magic on the main characters, with the help of a key resident, it also casts a spell on the reader. It’s a lovely story of a couple that discovers that the second half of their lives doesn’t have to mirror the first.
Mackenzie Timberlake achieved his dream of becoming a federal court judge two years ago. With the last of their children off to college, Alison Timberlake finds herself, a stay-at-home mom who’s completed her job, without a job. As the months pass she begins to find it annoying that Mac is über-disciplined. When offered a job in Eternity Springs, four hours away from home, she takes it, leaving a shocked Mac behind. After months apart, Ali finally convinces Mac that she loves her family, yet longs to now fulfill the dreams she set aside for them. As for Mac himself, he discovers that sometimes once a dream is achieved, that dream can change and that honesty is the best policy, especially with those you love. (BALLANTINE, May, 352 pp., $7.99)