Books by Jo-Ann Mapson

OWEN'S DAUGHTER by Jo-Ann Mapson
Released: July 15, 2014

"Despite many positive components, including vivid descriptions of New Mexico's rich culture; endearing dogs and horses; and an inspirational message about surmounting shortcomings, the novel's lumbering pace outweighs all."
Characters from three previous novels—Solomon'sOak, FindingCasey and Blue Rodeo—merge in Mapson's latest, featuring a young mother and an older woman who must cope with unforeseen challenges. Read full book review >
FINDING CASEY by Jo-Ann Mapson
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Readers drawn in by Mapson's warmhearted style should not overlook how rigidly she divides the line between good and evil, right and wrong."
Mapson follows the ever-so-uplifting characters she developed in Solomon's Oak (2010) to their new home in Sante Fe, N.M., where they face past demons as they build their future. Read full book review >
SOLOMON’S OAK by Jo-Ann Mapson
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A tender portrayal of those left behind in the wake of tragedy."
Mapson's quirky, character-driven novels (The Owl & Moon Café, 2006, etc.) explore loneliness under the big skies of the West, and this effort is no exception as a young widow rebuilds her life on her Central California farm. Read full book review >
Released: July 4, 2006

"Profound it ain't, but immensely readable and very charming in its own messy, undisciplined way."
Four generations of strong-minded women battle each other, their individual insecurities and life's many ups and downs in this overstuffed latest from Mapson (Goodbye, Earl, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
GOODBYE, EARL by Jo-Ann Mapson
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Enough loose ends for another three novels, but only readers seriously in love with overstuffed plots and feisty middle-aged women will hope for more."
The four women who bonded in Bad Girl Creek (2001) and dealt with complications in Along Came Mary (2003) return for the allegedly final volume of Mapson's trilogy. Read full book review >
ALONG CAME MARY by Jo-Ann Mapson
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A slight sophomore slump in the series, but enough heart and soul to bring most of Mapson's fans back for installment number three to see how she ties up all those loose ends."
Despite some lurid plot premises and extremely convenient coincidences, the feisty characters and rueful emotional wisdom of this sequel will win over all but the hardest-hearted reader. Read full book review >
BAD GIRL CREEK by Jo-Ann Mapson
Released: May 1, 2001

"An absorbing story and quirky, appealing characters (a given with Mapson), deepened by honest grappling with a whole slew of messy emotions and issues."
In Mapson's (Hank & Chloe, 1993, etc.) mature sixth novel, four women with variously awful pasts come together to run a California flower farm. Read full book review >
Released: June 3, 1999

"A clean, honest, easy, unadorned tale."
In a delightful fifth novel, Mapson (Loving Chloe, 1998, etc.) brings her eponymous heroines fully to life and credibly orchestrates their different, necessary squirmings through a year of heartbreak on a New Mexico horse farm. Read full book review >
LOVING CHLOE by Jo-Ann Mapson
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Though predictable in a sexy, country-western ballad way, also as lyrical and memorable as any romantic melody. (Literary Guild selection)"
Tough love and the love of horses go hand and hand in this conventional but fairly skillful sequel to Mapson's well-received novel about mismatched lovers, Hank and Chloe (1993). Read full book review >
SHADOW RANCH by Jo-Ann Mapson
Released: April 1, 1996

"Less eccentric and arresting than Hank & Chloe, with a way of rambling for long stretches, though Mapson's empathy for the modern western psyche still elucidates and entertains. (Literary Guild alternate selection; $40,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Yet another sensitive family drama set in today's New West from the author of Hank & Chloe (1993) and Blue Rodeo (1994)—this one featuring a rich and feisty California octogenarian, his ex- stripper lover, and the troubled grandchildren who disapprove, disapprove, disapprove. Read full book review >
BLUE RODEO by Jo-Ann Mapson
Released: May 18, 1994

"This follow-up is likely to lull them to sleep with its easygoing, unsurprising, country-western charm. (Literary Guild selection; author tour)"
Mapson's second novel set in the contemporary West is as lyrical and romantic as her first (Hank & Chloe, 1993), but its stock California-yuppie characters fail to inspire much interest and the predictability of the love story disappoints. Read full book review >
HANK & CHLOE by Jo-Ann Mapson
Released: March 31, 1993

"Gentle, earthy, down-home fiction from the New West. (First serial to Cosmopolitan)"
A warmly human first novel that lingers in the mind long after its heroes have seen the sunset—from poet and storywriter Mapson (Fault Line, 1989—not reviewed). Read full book review >