Jones' sense of humor is delightful, and leads retired pastors' wives Odessa and Maxine definitely grow on the reader
as the story progresses. But the writing style is more conversational than readable, making it difficult to follow the story and keep the characters straight. The plot is a bit weak, but the characters are ultimately endearing. This is chick lit for mature readers.

Odessa and Maxine, two women "of a certain age," meet at the Five Acres of Fabulous Finds Flea Market and become instant friends. The flea market is their domain, and the people they meet there become their pet projects -- whether these individuals are willing to change or not.

Jan wants to see the flea market closed, but she doesn't want to disclose the real reason. Bernadette takes joy in helping others, but she doesn't make time for herself. Chloe hides behind a rough facade, but inside she's just as vulnerable as the everyone else. Odessa and Maxine know that each woman just needs a little help to turn her life around. (STEEPLE HILL CAFe, Dec., 288 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel