The final book in the popular The Inn at Shining Waters series answers questions from the first two books. The characters are well defined, possibly the best in this series. Carlson has a formula that works well in both historical and contemporary stories.
In1978, Anna Larson is happy she has reconciled with her daughter Lauren, and her inn is doing well. There is only one blight on her happiness: Her granddaughter, Sarah, Lauren’s daughter, has been missing for the last two years. When Sarah returns, sickly and undernourished, it will take all of them to bring her back to her former self. Sarah is willing to stay as long as her mother, Lauren stays away from her. She cannot forgive her mother or father for their past actions. Will Anna be able to bring three generations of proud, strong women together after decades of no communication? (ABINGDON, Aug., 320 pp., $14.99)