Is the heart smarter than the head? Artist Miranda Jones begins to trust her heart enough to escape from her life of privilege and start over in Milford-Haven, the small town of undiscovered beauty on California's Central Coast. She connects with environmentalist Samantha Hugo-a brilliant PhD twenty years her senior who gave up a son years earlier; and with restaurant owner Sally O'Mally who left Arkansas to create her own dream. Each woman wrestles with her own core issues while balancing demanding careers with the attentions of interesting men. None is aware that journalist Christine Christian has just been murdered while investigating a half-built house. Though the book stands alone, it is also Book 1 in the critically acclaimed, popular series, a multi-generational saga. Based on Purl's BBC Radio drama Milford-Haven U.S.A.
Purl's tepid sequel to What the Heart Knows is a series of soap operaesque caricature sketches masquerading as a story. Loosely centered around artist Miranda Jones, who is slowly finding success with wildlife paintings, the novel soon meanders into the loosely connected navel-gazing lives of the inhabitants of the fictional California town of Milford-Haven, including town official Samantha Hugo's search for the child she gave up for adoption and sheriff's deputy Delmar Johnson's investigation of a television journalist's disappearance. Purl depicts a mid-1990s, largely white culture-hard for anyone familiar with present-day California to picture-where inner soul-searching often comes out in preachiness. Readers searching for more story and fewer episodic character slices with unresolved plots would do better elsewhere. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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November 05, 2012
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