Mayne returns readers to the quaint town of Bloomfield. Other novels in the series have been whimsical and humorous, but this one falls flat. The characters lack depth and the slow plot focuses more on the planning of a festival rather than the romance and issues of the main characters.

Widow Bethany Hanahan has moved back to Bloomfield to a home filled with things — her own and those of her mother-in-law. It causes her extreme anxiety to even consider parting with her beloved objects. Bethany is also confused by her feelings for Pete Sprockett, an old friend, as it feels like a betrayal to her late husband. Can Bethany learn how to let go of the past and move forward to a bright future? (B&H, Jan., 320 pp., $14.99, ISBN: 9781433677304)

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Melissa Parcel