Friday, July 27, 2007

Doesn't She Look Natural?

Title: Doesn't She Look Natural?
Author: Angela Hunt
Published by Tyndale House Publishers, 2007.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-1169-2.

Thomas Graham has left his wife Jennifer with their two young sons for the nanny. Thomas and Jennifer have recently divorced and she and the boys have moved into her mother's house. She needs to rebuild her life and fast. The $40,000 that she received from the sale of the home will not last long. Having given up her job on Capitol Hill because of her husband's infidelity leaves her without a job but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Uncle Ned has recently died and left his property to his niece Jennifer. Jennifer, her mother Joella, and the boys leave for Mt Dora, Florida to check out this inheritance. Fairlawn is a beautiful property but wait. Fairlawn is a funeral home and it comes complete with an on-site caretaker named Gerald. Gerald was Ned's right hand man and is very knowledgable in funeral directoring and all that goes with it. Mt Dora also has some unique residents. The attorney handling the estate is Daniel Sladen who always seems to show up when Jennifer is feeling lost and lonely. There is an active Red Hat Society in the town led by Mavis who has her own ideas of how things should be.

Jennifer plans on only staying in Mt Dora long enough to sell the property. But the best laid plans sometimes do not turn out quite as anticipated. Jennifer is afraid to even think of dealing with the dead so why should she want to stay in the funeral home business. She is bitter that Thomas doesn't want to spend any time with his young sons? Can Jennifer's heart be softened and will she see that God has His hand in placing her in this place at this time?

Angela Hunt is a very talented author whose books allow the reader to expect the unexpected. It is very easy to fall in love with the characters in this small town in Florida. It is very easy to feel like you are right there in Mt Dora as you read this delightful book. I am happy to see that this book is the first in a three book series because I certainly would love to visit this picturesque town again. Will Jennifer look like a natural in her new surroundings? Hurry to Mt Dora and find out!

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