Fowler's latest uses the down-home country voice of its main character to fine effect as it explores ideas about family. Love is a delightful woman readers will, well, love getting to know.
Love Mercy Johnson is generally happy with her life, even taking her recent widowhood into consideration. She has good friends, takes photos for a local magazine and helps on her in-laws' cattle ranch. The only thing she wishes would change is her estrangement from her grandchildren.
Then one day her 18-year-old granddaughter, Loretta Lynn "Rett" Johnson, shows up after a relationship gone bad sends her hitchhiking across the country. The airing of old wounds must stop when a family crisis brings the two women together and they have to make a choice -- keep looking back or move forward? (BERKLEY, Mar., 336 pp., $24.95)