How I Came to Sparkle Again
Oct 29, 2012
Author: Kaya McLaren
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 2, 2012)
Set in a Colorado ski town, this novel chronicles three people and their journey from loss to love; heartbreak to hope.
Jill Anthony spent her young adulthood in the ski town of Sparkle, Colorado. But more than a decade has passed since she left when, only weeks after a very late miscarriage, she finds her husband in bed with another woman, she flees Austin, Texas for the town she knows: Sparkle.
Cassie Jones, at age ten, has lost her mother to cancer and no longer believes in anything anymore. She knows her father is desperately worried about her, and she constantly looks for messages from her deceased mother through the heart-shaped rocks they once collected in the streams and hills of Sparkle.
Three people at the crossroads of heartbreak and healing. Three lives that will be changed one winter in Sparkle. One tender, funny, tear-jerking novel you won’t soon forget.
The book description pretty much tells the story fully, but what it doesn't tell is how the characters reach out a grab you. They're fully accessible.
I wasn't at first very interested in this novel only because I didn't feel up to another "finding yourself after disaster" type of reading. I sat down to browse thru the book and suddenly realized that I was chapters into the story and had not had that "meh" moment hit yet. I found myself interested in the characters lives and what would happen to them.
Kaya does a very good job of making these characters people you care about, people you wouldn't mind living next to and having in your everyday life. And that's a talent!
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