FICTION

All About Evie

Kensington. Oct. 2019. 400p. ISBN 9781496709851. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781496709868. F
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Evie is the plucky owner of an independent bookstore in the Pacific Northwest’s serene San Juan Islands. Nothing gives her greater pleasure than challenging a customer’s reading habits and placing the perfect book in their hands along with a delectable piece of cake. Nothing makes her more unhappy than the premonitions that predict mishaps and even danger for those around her, occurrences she’s had since childhood. Evie’s family is well known for their odd behaviors, including spontaneous sea chantey sing-alongs and parades, extravagant hats, and suspicious trips to the greenhouse. Fortunately, her menagerie of loyal and quirky animals gives her ample reason to flirt with the vet in her limited free time. When her unconventional sister Jule asks Evie to take a DNA test with her, the results cause Evie to reexamine everything she thought she knew about her family.
VERDICT Lamb (The Man She Married) offers an uproarious yet tender story of belonging and identity. Touching on issues of adoption, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and harassment, this is an endearing expression of trust, love, and what it means to be a family.

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