How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kayla McLaren
Expected publication: October 2, 2012
Publisher:St. Martin's Press
Format: ARC won via Goodreads
Jill Anthony spent her young adulthood in the ski town of Sparkle, Colorado. But more than a decade has passed since she left when, only weeks after a very late miscarriage, she finds her husband in bed with another woman, she flees Austin, Texas for the town she knows: Sparkle.
Lisa Carlucci wakes up one morning after another night of meaningless sex, looks in the mirror and realizes that she no longer wants to treat her body like a Holiday Inn. She’s going to hold out for love. The only problem is, love might come in the form of her ski bum best friend, who lives next door with his ski bum friends in a trailer known as "the Kennel."
Cassie Jones, at age ten, has lost her mother to cancer and no longer believes in anything anymore. She knows her father is desperately worried about her, and she constantly looks for messages from her deceased mother through the heart-shaped rocks they once collected in the streams and hills of Sparkle.
Three people at the crossroads of heartbreak and healing. Three lives that will be changed one winter in Sparkle. One tender, funny, tear-jerking novel you won’t soon forget.
I really enjoyed this read. I loved the relationships in the books and how the author handled telling three stories in one. The writing was smooth as she transferred from one person to the next.
I like the inspirational feel to it without being too preachy like some other novels I read. I was rooting the characters and I love when an author can make me do that. While some parts of the story kind of dragged for my liking over all its an enjoyable. Not to mention I'm a sucker for anything about Christmas or winter related. So if you want a good quick read this book's for you.