A high energy, feel-good story about the ghosts of our past and the importance of human connections.


Three women search for different types of long-lost loves in this tale of unlikely friendships.

The novel opens as an older woman named Maude awaits her groom on their wedding day. When Richard doesn’t show, Maude calls him at home, and he admits he’s gotten cold feet. Next, readers meet Mackenzie, whose teenage sister, Tanya, is sneaking out of their bedroom window only to disappear permanently into the dangerous night. Finally, Sunna is introduced. She has been arguing with her closest girlfriend, Brett. As Richard did to Maude and Tanya did to Mackenzie, Brett ghosts Sunna, leaving her angry and confused. A couple of years later, the three women who were left end up renting rooms in the same house in Saskatchewan. The home, owned by Larry Finley, could use some repairs. When water seeps into the mailbox, a letter is partially destroyed, and the women can't determine who it was meant for. All they glean is that the author would like to meet at a local coffee shop. The proposed date and time have also been washed away. Each woman hopes the letter was addressed to her. All three thus decide to visit the designated coffee shop every day and await the writer. During their time at the shop, the women get to know each other. They argue, invade each other’s privacy, and blame each other for strange occurrences around the house. As the days drag on, they discover there are additional mysteries to which they might help each other find answers, and amazingly, they begin to bond. Quirky and unique, the book spans multiple genres, from romance to mystery to good old-fashioned ghost story. The author deftly moves between spheres as she depicts highly divergent characters who ultimately find common ground. Told in the third person, the narrative offers insightful glimpses into the perspectives of all three women and even Larry, their landlord. The fast-paced plot is alternatively funny and heart-wrenching. While certain parts of the plot might stretch the imagination, the human emotions are consistently realistic and engaging.

A high energy, feel-good story about the ghosts of our past and the importance of human connections.

Pub Date: June 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5420-1020-7

Page Count: 315

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Review Posted Online: April 13, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2020

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With captivating dialogue, angst-y characters, and a couple of steamy sex scenes, Hoover has done it again.

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After being released from prison, a young woman tries to reconnect with her 5-year-old daughter despite having killed the girl’s father.

Kenna didn’t even know she was pregnant until after she was sent to prison for murdering her boyfriend, Scotty. When her baby girl, Diem, was born, she was forced to give custody to Scotty’s parents. Now that she’s been released, Kenna is intent on getting to know her daughter, but Scotty’s parents won’t give her a chance to tell them what really happened the night their son died. Instead, they file a restraining order preventing Kenna from so much as introducing herself to Diem. Handsome, self-assured Ledger, who was Scotty’s best friend, is another key adult in Diem’s life. He’s helping her grandparents raise her, and he too blames Kenna for Scotty’s death. Even so, there’s something about her that haunts him. Kenna feels the pull, too, and seems to be seeking Ledger out despite his judgmental behavior. As Ledger gets to know Kenna and acknowledges his attraction to her, he begins to wonder if maybe he and Scotty’s parents have judged her unfairly. Even so, Ledger is afraid that if he surrenders to his feelings, Scotty’s parents will kick him out of Diem’s life. As Kenna and Ledger continue to mourn for Scotty, they also grieve the future they cannot have with each other. Told alternatively from Kenna’s and Ledger’s perspectives, the story explores the myriad ways in which snap judgments based on partial information can derail people’s lives. Built on a foundation of death and grief, this story has an undercurrent of sadness. As usual, however, the author has created compelling characters who are magnetic and sympathetic enough to pull readers in. In addition to grief, the novel also deftly explores complex issues such as guilt, self-doubt, redemption, and forgiveness.

With captivating dialogue, angst-y characters, and a couple of steamy sex scenes, Hoover has done it again.

Pub Date: Jan. 18, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-5420-2560-7

Page Count: 335

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2021

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Finding positivity in negative pregnancy-test results, this depiction of a marriage in crisis is nearly perfect.


Named for an imperfectly worded fortune cookie, Hoover's (It Ends with Us, 2016, etc.) latest compares a woman’s relationship with her husband before and after she finds out she’s infertile.

Quinn meets her future husband, Graham, in front of her soon-to-be-ex-fiance’s apartment, where Graham is about to confront him for having an affair with his girlfriend. A few years later, they are happily married but struggling to conceive. The “then and now” format—with alternating chapters moving back and forth in time—allows a hopeful romance to blossom within a dark but relatable dilemma. Back then, Quinn’s bad breakup leads her to the love of her life. In the now, she’s exhausted a laundry list of fertility options, from IVF treatments to adoption, and the silver lining is harder to find. Quinn’s bad relationship with her wealthy mother also prevents her from asking for more money to throw at the problem. But just when Quinn’s narrative starts to sound like she’s writing a long Facebook rant about her struggles, she reveals the larger issue: Ever since she and Graham have been trying to have a baby, intimacy has become a chore, and she doesn’t know how to tell him. Instead, she hopes the contents of a mystery box she’s kept since their wedding day will help her decide their fate. With a few well-timed silences, Hoover turns the fairly common problem of infertility into the more universal problem of poor communication. Graham and Quinn may or may not become parents, but if they don’t talk about their feelings, they won’t remain a couple, either.

Finding positivity in negative pregnancy-test results, this depiction of a marriage in crisis is nearly perfect.

Pub Date: July 17, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-7159-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2018

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