Monday, May 7, 2012

One More Summer-Liz Flaherty

One More Summer

Liz Flaherty

Carina/Harlequin, Jan 2 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780373777549; ASIN: B006BE6HAG

Grace Elliot, unlike her siblings (Steven and Faith), stayed home to care for their mean-spirited widowed father Robert. He constantly abused her mentally and up until Steven warned him physically though he was not nasty towards his other children. With his death she inventories what she can do, but has no employment record or marketable skills. He split his estate equally among his offspring, but Steven and Faith sign their shares to Grace who earned it for putting up with the cantankerous man. Her siblings and Faith’s husband Grant inform her they support whatever she decides to do with her well-earned freedom.

Faith plans to convert the big house into a fixer-upper Elliot Bed & Breakfast. However she ends up with a new family of sorts starting with Rosamunde the cat named for the great author Ms. Pilcher; her best friend Promise who has dated Steven for years but now is fighting cancer; Maxine the soap opera actress suffering from Alzheimer’s who came for the funeral but never left; Jonah the handyman attracted to Maxie; and her brother's best friend author Dillon Campbell. Grace never forgave Dillon for failing to take her to the senior prom, but he has dragons to slay too.

One More Summer is a deep drama starring a strong cast of flawed people who forge a family. Grace holds the storyline together while she lives up to her name with her need to nurture the well-being of others. The support characters are fully developed and their interrelationships complicated by their personal tsuris, sadness and grief. Fans will enjoy this engaging entry of Grace’s band of misfits bonding into a loving family assisting each other.

Harriet Klausner

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