In RECIPES FOR EASY LIVING (2), Corrine has finally found a settled life in Valentine, Oklahoma with her extended family, after a tumultuous early childhood with a substance- abusing mother who was forever changing boyfriends. As she nears 13, Corinne is experiencing a normal life for the first time ever, battling her aunt for pierced ears and makeup, falling for a boy and dreaming of owning a horse. But change is in the air as the Christmas holidays approach. Although plagued by slow pacing and thin on plot, Curtiss Ann Matlock's story nicely examines the magic of the Christmas season through a myriad of secondary characters and delightful family recipes shared throughout the book. (Oct., 336 pp., $12.95)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson