THE LIFE OF REILLY
Head to the beach with another warm-hearted and wacky visit to Civil-Brown's unique island paradise. The denizens of this amazing island continue their offbeat ways, which means lots of humor and fun for readers. This is pure escapist pleasure!
Physicist Lynn Reilly decides to escape the rat race and become a teacher on tiny, beautiful Treasure Island. But Lynn gets an unexpected visitor in the form of her meddling and now-deceased aunt Delphine. Delphine, along with Buster the alligator and a loudmouth parrot, seems determined to throw together Lynn and her very cute and eligible neighbor, Rev. Jack Marks. Convincing Jack that she's not crazy may be easier said than done after he hears her yelling at her deceased aunt. Still, this is Treasure Island, where the government is decided by poker games and an alligator is an important member of the community, so a matchmaking ghost isn't much of a stretch. (HQN, Aug., 352 pp., $6.99)
Jill M. Smith