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Heartfelt sequel to The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch (2002).

Spending a morning in bed with her true love, Ash Farrell, cabinetmaker and country-western singer, is Lucy’s idea of heaven on earth. Seems nothing can go wrong in their sunny little patch of northeast Texas—until Ash’s teenage daughter Denny gets dumped on his doorstep by her hard-hearted mother. On top of this sudden change, Lucy can’t imagine what will happen when he finds out that she’s unexpectedly pregnant—she’d assumed that she was infertile, since her husband, who died in an accident six months earlier, had always blamed her. He must have been wearing his boxers a tad too tight—but they hardly ever had sex anyway. Lucy’s at sixes and sevens, wondering what to do and when—or if—to tell Ash. Then Denny happens to overhear her talking about it to a friend, and the girl assumes that she wants an abortion. Well, no, Lucy’s not sure. Now that Ash and his daughter are discovering that they share a talent for making music, maybe there’s no place for her. She’ll have to run away to her own little house and think it over, leaving the Farrells to get to know each other at last. Like any country musician, Ash has big dreams about going to Nashville someday, with or without Denny. But there’s work to do first: someone has to explore the secrets of the past, this being women’s fiction. And the someone is Denny, who connects with the grandmother she never knew and learns why Evelyn gave Ash away when he was a little boy: she was the victim of vicious abuse from her husband and mentally ill to boot. But the tough old lady teaches Denny a few things about love and fishing, and eases the girl’s troubled heart, who finds that happiness is right in her own backyard.

Lyrical and leisurely. Nothing new, but as comfortable as old jeans.

Pub Date: June 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-06-008163-5
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2003