Books by Adrienne Ross

IN THE QUIET by Adrienne Ross
Released: March 1, 2000

Things lost, things found, and their seekers are at the center of this novel about a girl's prolonged mourning for her mother. In the wake of the sudden death of her mother, Sammy finds that her only consolation has been her best friend Bones, who shares with her the hope that their endless digging in their neighbors' yards and the surrounding countryside will lead them to a magic discovery. Then Sammy's long-absent Aunt Constance, her mother's sister, comes for a visit. She is a real "finder," sought out by others who have lost people and need comfort, answers, or both. In spite of that gift, Aunt Constance is unhappy; she is hounded by people who need her, and has no real home of her own. Worse, she has never been able to locate the one thing that means anything to her, the top half of a photograph of Sammy's mother that has been placed in a threadbare pink satin jewelry box, which has been hidden. Sammy, anxious to locate anything that was her mother's, quietly joins the search and succeeds, coming to terms with her loss and seeing that she has a real future, her own way. This tender and touching story of love, loss, and rediscovery is strongly plotted and poetically told, but the characters make it count; every one of them is someone readers will want to meet again. (Fiction. 10-13) Read full book review >