The second book in The Shining Waters series continues the story of several generations of strong women who only want the best for their families and try to do the right thing, even when they are being told to stay out of people’s lives. Carlson writes about tough topics with kindness and style and her characters are written with their flaws for readers to see.

Anna Larson has finally found peace within herself. It took a while, but with her friends’ help, she is finally happy. Then her daughter Lauren tells her that she is pregnant and going to live with her paternal grandmother. As Lauren’s daughter gets older, the family has more than their share of issues. Time passes, and Lauren, now a mother to her own teenager, faces a new crisis, one that puts the entire family at risk. (ABINGDON, Feb., 312 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Patsy Glans