SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW
There is beauty in Jenkins’ storytelling that should be the standard by which to judge fiction writing. Yes, there’s the buildup to Trent and Lily’s wedding but there is also history, humor and pathos. Brava Ms. Jenkins, you’ve done it again and left us wanting more.
Lily and Trent’s love doesn’t waver. They want a simple wedding, but their well-meaning neighbors are turning it into a storybook wedding. Bernadine, the town’s fairy godmother, wants Lily to have an event fit for a princess, and Lily’s 9-year-old foster son is campaigning to be town preacher so he can officiate at the ceremony. Then Trent is called on to help a new family move to town, and Lily and Trent tackle the task of blending their families. The passing of one of the town’s eldest members opens up secrets for Marie that may have been better left untold. The continuing presence of Bernadine’s ex-husband, Leo, has most of the town questioning his motives. He’s been sweet-talking Marie, but what is his real agenda? When Trent does a little digging, Leo will be the loser — again. (MORROW, Jun., 336 pp., $13.99)