My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This first book of a new Earlene Fowler series was disappointing. I really wanted to like it more. Love Mercy Johnson is still getting over the death of her husband. She is part owner of a local diner in fictitious Morro Bay, and she has a wide circle of friends, including Benni Harper. One of her granddaughters arrives on her doorstep with a stolen banjo and a tale of woe. There is no mystery involved, just a gentle and very cliched story of family and friends helping each other get by. I found the character development forced and I got tired of reading all the background. I also thought the book was way too preachy. I don't mind Christian-themed literature, but I felt that I was being beaten over the head with it. I'd much rather a more subtle approach. Will I read the next books in the series? Maybe, if my library buys them. I won't pay for them -- I didn't think it was worth the download price on my Kindle.
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