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Solomon's Oak by Jo-Ann Mapson
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Aug 23, 11

Read in August, 2011

Mapson is an author I turn to like comfort food when I get tired of rich fare. Her chaaracters are real people with flaws, ones you can love and appreciate.

In Solomon's Oak, Glory is a grieving widow whose's part-time job at Target might provide just enough money to get by--if she didn't take in strays. Glory and her husband of ten years had fostered teenaged boys, whome they loved and sent on their way better prepared for life. She also fosters dogs, that she loves and trains for a permanent home. Why not? The dogs don't eat as much as her horses, they have space to run, and they help take Glory's mind off her loss.

Glory's already short of time, money, and energy, when she agrees to foster a teenage girl--a troubled vulnerable girl who lies--but Glory won't say no. She starts a wedding business to help with the bills; she can cook and organize but she's no good with a camera.

Luckily for all involved, Joseph, an amateur photographer, is visiting from Albuquerque to take ictures of California trees, one of which, the Solomon oak is on Glory's property. But Joseph is also an injured cop, slowly recuperating, and planning to leave soon. Is he the man for Glory or is Joseph another stray?

Maspson has an excellent back list too; all are recommended for readers who want a well-written, intelligent, cointemporary romance and friendship story.
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