Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone

Park Row: Harlequin. May 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780778319993. $24.99; pap. ISBN 9780778331292. $15.99. F
OrangeReviewStarBenedict Stone runs a small jewelry shop in the village on Noon Sun. He's totally adrift; business is slow, his marriage is unraveling, and his days are lonely and predictable. Suddenly Gemma, the teenage daughter of his estranged brother, appears at his door intending to stay for a while. Obstinate, intrepid, and occasionally helpful, she upends his life and sets about engineering a reconciliation between Benedict and his wife and jump-starting his failing business. Using her grandfather's journals on the history of gems, Gemma refreshes Benedict's work and embellishes the lives of the residents of the tiny town.
VERDICT Novels about love and second chances abound right now, but Patrick's follow-up to her debut, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, rises to the top with its clever plot, utterly charming characters, and warmly believable conclusion. A perfect read for lovers of Antoine Laurain's The Red Notebook, Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, and Fredrik Backman's A Man Called Ove. [See Prepub Alert, 12/5/16.]
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