THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN
After an inauspicious meeting at her brother's wake, Dr. Spencer Anderson and attorney Zoe Wingfield become friends, then lovers. Following his tour in Vietnam, they marry and have three children. Over the years, their marriage endures, despite mistakes made by both -- and Zoe's bout with cancer. Now it's returned, worse than before, and Spencer has to convince Zoe that their life together is worth one more prolonged fight. Anna Schmidt's This Side of Heaven (3) boasts some poignant moments, but it's episodic. And despite the use of both Spencer's and Zoe's first-person viewpoints, readers don't get to know either of them very well.