As temporary editor of Texcetera magazine, Laura Draper is in the Lone Star State to ensure that the first issue is published on time. She has much on her mind, including a father who refuses to stay put and an absent significant other, Dale.

When a hail storm ruins a cover shoot in Austin and a call from Dale turns her world inside out, Laura finds herself sucked into the lives of the residents of Crossroads.

This is the second story in Wingate's phenomenal Texas Hill Country trilogy, and it's miles better than the first, which is no small feat. Lone Star Café is a wonderfully warm story peopled with characters you wish you could meet yet feel you already know. Wingate is a storyteller with an innate gift to bring alive the people and places she writes about. (Sep., 320 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley