By Terri DuLong

During this superbly crafted and uplifting novel, the writer of the acclaimed Spinning ahead welcomes readers again to the luxurious Florida island of Cedar Key, the place the colourful colours of hibiscus and azaleas are the right backdrop to a colourful, quirky neighborhood. . . within the 4 years considering that Monica Brooks moved to Cedar Key, she's came upon a house, a husband, and now a company to like. taking on her mother's bustling knitting store is a welcome problem, yet Monica's interesting plans are waylaid through unforeseen information. Her husband's ex-wife has been deemed an undeserving mom, and custody in their eight-year-old daughter, Clarissa, is to be transferred to Adam. Going directly from honeymoon to motherhood--especially while she's uncertain she desires children--leaves the more often than not even-keeled Monica doubting herself at each flip. but in a spot like Cedar Key, no one is going it on my own. With support from acquaintances and kinfolk, Monica, Clarissa, and Adam start to forge a close-knit kin in their own--one that would must be powerful sufficient to resist all of the surprises set to solve. . . compliment for Spinning ahead "Poignant, soaking up, humorous...a debut that tugs on the heart." --Sophia Nash, writer of a deadly attractiveness "Captures the essence of what usually lies in every one of our hearts. do not pass over it!" --J.L. Miles, writer of chilly Rock River "Like a lazy island summer time. . .a tale of secrets and techniques and loss, friendship and restoration, and rediscovered love." --Laura Castoro, writer of affection at the Line

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No, in Gainesville, right now. Originally from New Jersey. ” “Yeah, I figured what the heck. ” “Okay, okay. I know…developers are right up there with the IRS. ” “Well…I don’t for sure. But he’s working on some project in Gainesville. ” She was right, and maybe I was being a bit too hard on her. ” “So you’re ready to spring the news on the family tonight? ” Opal was the first to arrive. She walked into the kitchen carrying her famous key lime pie and after setting it on the counter, leaned in to give me her requisite cosmopolitan kiss on both cheeks.

And she’ll probably end up resenting me if I have to correct her or punish her. ” Dora reached across the table to take my hand. “Monica, listen to me. First of all, nobody gets a set of instructions, even when they birth their own babies. It’s trial and error. You do the best you can and you learn from your mistakes. But you cannot put the entire burden on Adam. You’ll be spending a lot of time alone with her. She has to know you and Adam are on the same page. ” “Yeah, you’re probably right. ” “Don’t I just know that,” she said and I got the feeling she was probably recalling the day she found out that my mother and I were related to her.

Everything and nothing. ” “My mother didn’t give me many choices. ” “You might turn out to be a better mother than you think. Too many of the moms today let the kids call the shots. ” Grace put up a hand and took a step back. “Hey, don’t get me involved in this part of it. ” “Ah, the joys I have to look forward to. Stay for supper with me? ” “Sounds good,” Grace said, following me into the kitchen. After Grace left, I was sitting in the great room relaxing with my knitting. I glanced at my watch and saw it was 8:00.

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