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This is a first novel. It reads like a first novel. And I enjoyed the heck out of it! I do believe McLaren is an American Maeve Binchy. At least in this book. There are a couple of glitches, but nothing that threw me out of the story.
It's a marvelous story of the adage, 'bloom where you are planted.' Mara is the hippy-type outsider who comes into the small town and lives of Edith and Earl who are struggling with their own mortality, and their estrangement from their grandson, Daniel. Mara's acceptance of life as it is, and her ability to travel the dream paths—of herself and others—makes for a fun read. The requisite box of tissues is required, but in the middle of the book.
Read it before bed—no nightmares here. Read it at the beach, in the tub, or in your favorite beverage shop. I look forward to reading her other books. Make a space on your shelf next to your Maeve Binchy books for the new kid on the block. Er, shelf.