How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kaya McLaren
This is a story of three people searching to heal from loss and find love and understanding.
Jill Anthony has just suffered a miscarriage when she returns home to
find her husband in the arms of another woman. She flees to where she
spent her young adult years, Sparkle, Colorado. Her husband not knowing
what has happened cancels her credit cards and Jill now also has
financial difficulties. She gets a job working with the ski patrol and
Cassie has lost her mother to breast cancer
and is trying to cope. She is so sad but doesn't want to upset her dad.
She feels that her mother is sending her messages from heaven for her
to find heart-shaped rocks. She does not get along with her babysitters
but her father, Mike thinks that Jill will be the last one. The other
alternative is to send Cassie to Arizona to her grandparents.
Lisa is Jill's best friend but her life isn't going anywhere. She has
had a steady stream of male friends with no lasting relationships. She
is getting off that 'race track' and ready to actually look for and
Jill escapes to Lisa's place and ends up moving in
to the Kennel next door. The Kennel is a sort of frat house for the
mountain employees. Woman, sex and drugs abound.
The plot line
of this book is totally predictable. What makes this book very
enjoyable is the way McLaren has written the characters. They are fresh,
quirky and lovable. McLaren has a knack for character development. I
loved this light feel-good read
First Line: "It was fair to say Jill Anthony's first day back at work had been a disaster - so much so, in fact, that her supervisor had sent her home early."
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