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Three Good Thingsby Wendy Francis
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Sisterhood, motherhood, marriage, baking, and books—these are a few of the things that make this delightful novel a recipe for getting through the tough stuff of life.
Filled with love, humor, and the scent of delectable puff pastry, Three Good Things tells the tale of two sisters who find their bond invaluable as they navigate marriage, heartache, poor grammar, and the surprising challenges that ultimately become the most fulfilling blessings.
Ellen McClarety, a recent divorcÉe, has opened a new bake shop in her small Midwestern town, hoping to turn her life around, but the past still haunts her—sometimes by showing up on her doorstep. Her younger sister, Lanie, is a successful divorce attorney with a baby at home. But Lanie is beginning to feel that her perfect life is not as perfect as it seems. Both women long for the guidance of their mother, who died years ago, but left them with a wonderful piece of advice: “At the end of every day, you can always think of three good things that happened.”
Wearing her big Midwestern heart proudly on her sleeve, Wendy Francis tells a story destined to be shared after the last page is turned.
"Since her divorce, Ellen McClarety has opened up a successful bake shop in her small Wisconsin town and struggled to settle into single life. Her sister, Lanie, is an accomplished attorney with a newborn child, but she fears her husband, Rob, may be cheating on her with one of his co-workers. Ellen begins dating Henry, a local man still hung up on his recently deceased wife, but right when Ellen lets her guard down, her ex comes slinking back. Meanwhile, Lanie tries to get to the bottom of Rob's distant behavior. Throughout the drama, the sisters bemoan the death of their mother years ago, though they soon realize that together they can pull through. But even with a sister by one's side, nothing is as simple as it seems. Francis's tepid chick lit debut is a feel-good story, but there's little of substance — the action revolves around tangled love interests, misunderstandings, deaths, and easy coincidences. Francis's portrayal of family dynamics rings true, but it's not enough to sustain interest. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
ELLEN McCLARETY, a recent divorcée, has opened a new bake shop in her small Midwestern town, hoping to turn her life around by dedicating herself to the traditional Danish pastry called kringle. She is no longer saddled by her ne’er-do-well husband, but the past still haunts her—sometimes by showing up on her doorstep. Her younger sister, Lanie, is a successful divorce attorney with a baby at home. But Lanie is beginning to feel that her perfect life is not as perfect as it seems. Both women long for the guidance of their mother, who died years ago but left them with lasting memories of her love and a wonderful piece of advice: “At the end of every day, you can always think of three good things that happened.”
Ellen and Lanie are as close as two sisters can be, until one begins keeping a secret that could forever change both their lives. Wearing her big Midwestern heart proudly on her sleeve, Wendy Francis skillfully illuminates the emotional lives of two women with humor and compassion, weaving a story destined to be shared with a friend, a mother, or a sister.
About the Author
Wendy Francis is a former senior editor in book publishing. Her writing has appeared in local magazines, such as The Improper Bostonian. She is currently a freelance editor and writer living outside of Boston.
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