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New author Bass explores the power of connections created by blood, by time and by choice. The novel is sad, touching and silly in turn as each character discovers forgiveness and love.
Rue and her sister Laura have transformed the Texas homestead where they grew up into the Sassy Spinster Farm, a successful tourist destination for guests who want to get their hands dirty and eat food fresh from the garden. It's also where Rue is raising her preteen daughter, while trying to keep her outspoken sister in check.
Then Heidi shows up. Their one-time stepsister is back and hiding from something -- or maybe someone. The farm is turned upside down by Heidi's complicated presence and, worse, by the return of Rue's cancer. Old and new hurts are forgotten as the women discover what is truly important. (KENSINGTON, May, 432 pp., $20.00)