Carlson writes from her heart and it shines through on every page of this beautiful novel. The characters have flaws and insecurities that all of us have struggled with at some time.
Anna Larson returns to her childhood home after her mother’s funeral to sort through their belongings and to get her life back together. She has difficult relationships with her daughter and mother-in-law, who has not accepted Anna because of her Native American blood. For the first time in a long time, she is at peace and she decides that instead of selling the family store and land, she will open an inn for others to find themselves and have peace in their turbulent personal worlds. (ABINGDON, Aug., 276 pp., $13.99)