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  • A Widower's Renewed Life

    Book Two of the Willow Lane series provides a warm saga that requires no prior familiarity in order to prove accessible and charming. The introductory chapter reviews Barbara Malone's marriage to Bill, her transition from a naive bride to a stoic wife determined to avoid confrontations with her husband, and the forces that brought them together, then tore them apart. At age 52, Barbara Malone is widowed and alone. It starts on quiet Willow Lane in a small town in Pennsylvania as she embarks on a new career with the Peace Corps, which changes everything. One door has closed, but another is opening on her life, expanding it to include her interactions with the poor peoples of another country. From Peace Corps training to experiencing another country, Barbara finds her world opening up even as her children and family back home in Pennsylvania cultivate new ways of relating to one another without her. Chapter headings move between characters and make it easy to move between their lives, as well, lending a simple structure to what could have otherwise proved a complex series of examinations of entwined lives, choices, and consequences. Through her eyes, readers are swept into a cavalcade of emotional connections and growth experiences that lend Mother Love a quietly evocative atmosphere. Readers of fiction that centers on evolving family ties, changes, new connections, and new opportunities for all ages will relish the lovely evolution of Mother Love, which explores circumstances of connection and healing across cultures, and the aftermath of one woman's commitment to a difficult marriage. Under another hand, this would have been the entire story— and the end of matters—but widow Barbara is more than a wife and mother, and her life continues to blossom and expand.

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