Filled with quirky characters and a lot of heart, this tale feels like it’s being told across a Southern kitchen table. It deals with tough topics like alcoholism and prejudice well, though problems may work out a tad too neatly. This is a story that readers will want to savor.

In 1983, Zora Adams leaves her mentally unstable mother and her string of alcoholic men behind and enrolls in beauty school. In her new hometown, she finds friends and “family,” but she falls for a handsome young widower who’s drowning his grief in bourbon. As her decisions catch up with her, Zora must learn to love and forgive, not only her mother but also herself, to become the adult she was always meant to be. (BERKLEY, Mar., 304 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed by: 
M.H. Morrison