SNOWFALL AT WILLOW LAKE
Wiggs is at the top of her game here, combining a charming setting with subtly shaded characters and more than a touch of humor. This is the kind of book a reader doesn't want to see end but can't help devouring as quickly as possible.
Attorney Sophie Bellamy has made a difference while climbing to the top of her profession -- but she's also sacrificed her marriage and her relationships with her children, Max and Daisy.
A brush with death makes Sophie determined to change what she can -- which means moving to Avalon, making an effort to get along with her ex-husband and his new wife and mending fences with Max and Daisy. Avalon does have its compensations, including an attractive veterinarian, Noah Shepherd. Sophie's not looking for romance, but that's just what she finds -- and much, much more. (MIRA, Feb., 432 pp., $7.99)