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Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Macomber's latest is completely delightful, as are Anne Marie and Ellen. All of the other characters are well- handled too--as are their complicated relationships with men and each other. By turns humorous, sad and optimistic, it's a wonderful book to curl up with at any time.
Recently widowed bookstore owner Anne Marie Roche is finding it hard to get over the loss of her husband, even though they were separated at the time of his death. Celebrating Valentine's Day with friends, Anne Marie's struck by an idea: make a list of 20 things she's always wanted to do but never has. All of her friends make their own lists, as does Ellen, the 8-year-old girl Anne Marie begins to mentor at a local school. Making Ellen's wishes come true becomes Anne Marie's mission--and in so doing, she finds what she's been looking for all along. (MIRA, May, 368 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed By: Catherine Witmer
Published: May 2008