Parr's writing has been compared to Jan Karon's, for good reason. This second book in the 1800s-set Candlewood Trilogy is a delight. The characters are well thought out and multilayered, and it's wonderful to be reunited with old friends and to meet new, exciting ones.
When a fire sweeps through the town, she offers lodging in her boardinghouse to those in need, even though she already has a full house. Then her attorney no longer wants to be her attorney; he wants more than a professional relationship with her. Her biggest problem, however, is that she still doesn't know if she's the rightful owner of the boardinghouse or if she'll be kicked out by the real owner, and she hasn't shared this with anybody besides her attorney. Emma's strong faith may be the only thing to get her through this trying time. (Bethany House, Jun., 400 pp., $12.99)