DESTINY TAKES A U-TURN — A Review of “Big Stone Gap”

It’s the seventies in a sleepy hamlet in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. A thirty-five year old single woman has decided that she is the spinster of Big Stone Gap. She is completely independent; she is the local pharmacist, the co-captain of the Rescue Squad, and the director of the town’s long-running Outdoor Drama.

So secure is Ave Maria Mulligan in her position in life and in this community that she will go into a tailspin when things seem to change. These changes begin with a long-buried secret of her mother’s, unearthed by her lawyer.

What will Ave Maria do when her world seems to tilt and everything she thought was true suddenly isn’t?

This is a charming, quirky tale that brings the characters to life in such a homey, cozy way that the reader almost doesn’t realize it until, suddenly, the characters seem like old friends and neighbors.

We watch and cheer as Ave Maria suddenly realizes that maybe the life she had planned for herself is not her destiny after all.

My first plunge into this author’s works had me rooting for more. I will simply have to go out and buy or borrow another of her creations.

Big Stone Gap: A Novel (Ballantine Reader’s Circle) earns five stars from me!


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