THE PENNY TREE
Kennedy's latest is expertly written, bringing magic into the life of one seemingly ordinary woman. Annie Hillman is a winning protagonist and will likely appeal to women's fiction fans of all ages.
With her divorce from Jack nearly finalized, Annie and her sons, Luke and Eric, move from Seattle to her hometown of Eagan's Point. Money is in short supply due to Eric's previous medical bills, and Annie takes a temporary job as a receptionist at a funeral home. Annie finds relief from the drama of her everyday life when she is out paddling in her kayak and when she visits the penny tree she and her father discovered when she was a young girl. But her life is turned upside down when a secret admirer takes out ads in a local paper. The advertisements are complete with pictures of Annie and describe her likes and dislikes. As she seeks to uncover the identity of her secret admirer, Annie reconnects with former loves and finally discovers that the author of the ads may be closer than she realized. (NAL, Apr., 352 pp., $14.00)