Casting About by Terri DuLong

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By Terri DuLong

During this superbly crafted and uplifting novel, the writer of the acclaimed Spinning ahead welcomes readers again to the luxurious Florida island of Cedar Key, the place the colourful colours of hibiscus and azaleas are the best backdrop to a colourful, quirky group. . . within the 4 years considering that Monica Brooks moved to Cedar Key, she's stumbled on a house, a husband, and now a enterprise to like. taking up her mother's bustling knitting store is a welcome problem, yet Monica's interesting plans are waylaid by means of unforeseen information. Her husband's ex-wife has been deemed an not worthy mom, and custody in their eight-year-old daughter, Clarissa, is to be transferred to Adam. Going immediately from honeymoon to motherhood--especially while she's uncertain she wishes children--leaves the typically even-keeled Monica doubting herself at each flip. but in a spot like Cedar Key, no one is going it by myself. With aid from pals and kin, Monica, Clarissa, and Adam start to forge a close-knit kin in their own--one that might must be powerful sufficient to resist all of the surprises set to solve. . . compliment for Spinning ahead "Poignant, soaking up, humorous...a debut that tugs on the heart." --Sophia Nash, writer of a deadly good looks "Captures the essence of what frequently lies in each one of our hearts. do not omit it!" --J.L. Miles, writer of chilly Rock River "Like a lazy island summer season. . .a tale of secrets and techniques and loss, friendship and restoration, and rediscovered love." --Laura Castoro, writer of affection at the Line

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She followed me to the kitchen. I measured coffee into the filter, my mind still on the appearance of the blue sweater. “You’re quiet today. ” I poured the water into the coffeemaker and joined her at the table. “The oddest thing just happened,” I said and went on to tell her about the sweater and the gardenia scent in the room. To my surprise, she didn’t laugh or admonish me for being silly. ” “Interesting? That’s all you have to say? ” Dora remained silent for a few minutes before speaking. “Well, you have to admit, my sister was a pretty strong personality.

Adam shot me a smile. “No, Monica’s not pregnant. However, we will be expecting a child in the house. ” Silence filled the deck as everyone waited for an explanation. Adam went on to explain about the car accident, Carrie Sue losing custody, the call from social services, and his trip to Georgia the next day. Dora was the first to break the silence. “That poor little girl. Ending up in foster care. Thank goodness she has a wonderful father like you who loves her. ” Opal jumped up again, running around the table to kiss Adam.

My mother was thrilled that my desire for ownership would keep what she worked at so hard in the family. And the week before she was to leave, we met with an attorney to sign the documents that would transfer Spinning Forward from Sydney Webster to Monica Brooks. My mother would only accept a minimal amount of money to make the transaction legal. Revenue from sales would pay the monthly lease and overhead, and continue the small salary of Aunt Dora. I hoped that even without some of the special services my mother offered, I’d keep Spinning Forward the success it had been for over three years.

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