SMALL-TOWN MOMS (4) by Janet Tronstad & Debra Clapton: In “A Dry Creek Family” by Tronstad, Maegan Shay comes to Dry Creek to meet the niece she’s just discovered. But Clint Parker, who cares for his niece while his brother is on the rodeo circuit, is reluctant to let that happen. Maegan’s sister, Olivia Dancer, travels to Mule Hollow to meet their 4-year-old nephew and Lilly’s half-brother. Gabe McKennon doesn’t want her here, even if his mother invited her, because he has a secret he fears could cost him his son in “A Mother for Mule Hollow” by Clapton. These interconnected stories are a delight to read, and bring home the importance of family, whether related by blood or only by love.