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Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani
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Oct 17, 10

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Read in September, 2010

** spoiler alert ** After whizzing through "Big Stone Gap" and I was excited to start on "Big Cherry Holler" and it did not disappoint! In fact, I was hooked and now cannot wait to read "Milk Glass Moon."

In "Big Cherry Holler" we meet up with Ave Marie eight years after she married Jack Mack. Her marriage has been tested in many ways - the death of her son Joe at the age of 4 from Leukemia changed their lives forever, and several years later, Ave still hasn't fully dealt with the death. When the mines close, and Jack Mack decides to open a construction business, Ave's marriage is further tested when a saleswoman from the lumber company sets her sights on Jack Mack, and aims to break up their marriage. Ave tries to be the sweet wife that Jack wants, but her heart really isn't in it, and it will take a earth-shattering event, to make her realize what has been missing in their marriage all of these years.

When Ave heads off to Italy with Etta for the summer, she does some soul-searching and is tempted by a would-be suitor. Back stateside, things heat up between the saleswoman and Jack. When Ave and Etta return, things still aren't right. After Ave finds a note from Jack's lover, she can't stand the thought of losing Jack and heads straight to Knoxville to be consoled by her best friend Theodore, who basically lays everything on the line to set Ave straight and save her marriage. Ave realizes what has been keeping her and Jack Mack from having a fulfilling marriage all of these years, and sets out to make things up to him, along the way, she also makes amends with Jack Mulligan's sister, Alice Lambert, and discovers what true love really is.

Trigiana digs deeper into Ave Marie's story in Big Cherry Holler and not everything comes up roses. This is a story full of heartache and triumph, another expertly weaved tale by Trigiani.

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