Balancing Act

Grand Central. (Lake in the Clouds, Bk. 2). Nov. 2023. 368p. ISBN 9781538707401. pap. $18.99. F
March revisits Lake in the Clouds, CO, (after The Getaway) with a story full of authentic family interactions, drama, and romance. The multigenerational characters are convincing and relatable; any reader with a sister will connect immediately with the sarcastic yet loving synergy between matriarch Genevieve and her sibling Helen. As Genevieve struggles to find her place in life, and her 60th birthday looms, her daughter Willow moves back to Lake in the Clouds following a tragedy that has set her little family reeling. As the larger extended-family dynamics ebb and flow, Willow realizes that confessing her own secrets may be the only way to move forward with her mother in order to embrace a new life. Add to the mix an unexpected first encounter with a man who has scars of his own, launching a slow-burn romance that winds its way through the tale.
VERDICT Gentle, wholesome, and satisfying, with pops of the unexpected, this tenderhearted tale with a touching, uplifting storyline will please March’s fans and anyone looking for a captivating escape.
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