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  • 0 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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4 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library HOL (Text) 33500013621628 New On holds shelf -
Detroit Lakes Public Library HOL (Text) 33500013621636 New Checked out 07/14/2022
Godel Memorial-Warren Library HOL (Text) 35500006588592 New In process -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525619277
  • ISBN: 0525619275
  • Physical Description: 308 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2022]

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Summary, etc.:
"A woman returns to her small Maine hometown, uncovering family secrets that take her on a journey of self-discovery and new love, in this warm and charming novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Evvie Drake Starts Over. Smarting from her recently cancelled wedding and about to turn forty, Laurie Sassalyn returns to her Maine hometown of Calcasset to handle the estate of her great-aunt Dot, a spirited adventurer who lived to be ninety. Along with boxes of Polaroids and pottery, a mysterious wooden duck shows up at the bottom of a cedar chest. Laurie's curiosity is piqued, especially after she finds a love letter to the never-married Dot that ends with the line, "And anyway, if you're ever desperate, there are always ducks, darling." Laurie is told that the duck has no financial value. But after it disappears under suspicious circumstances, she feels compelled to figure out why anyone would steal a wooden duck-and why Dot kept it hidden away in the first place. Suddenly Laurie finds herself swept up in a righteous caper that has her negotiating with antiques dealers and con artists, going on after-hours dates at the local library, and reconnecting with her oldest friend and first love. Desperate to uncover her great-aunt's secrets, Laurie must reckon with her past, her future, and ultimately embrace her own vision of flying solo"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 May #2
    *Starred Review* As a child, Laurie Sassalyn would escape to her Aunt Dot's to get away from the chaos and hubbub of her own home. Years later, Laurie returns to Calcasset, Maine, to help clear out Aunt Dot's house. Much of what Laurie finds is the usual mementos of a life well lived, but hidden inside one of Aunt Dot's chests is an unexpected treasure: a beautifully painted duck decoy. Why did Aunt Dot hide it away? Laurie enlists Matt, the handsome "bereavement declutterer" who is helping sort through Aunt Dot's belongings, but when Laurie discovers that Matt has nefarious intentions, she, her childhood best friend, June, and her high-school boyfriend, Nick, band together to solve the mystery. There's still a spark between Laurie and Nick, and Laurie has to figure out a path forward that satisfies both her need for solitude and independence and her desire for a relationship. Holmes (Evvie Drake Starts Over, 2019) blends humor, emotional depth, and small-town charm in this delightful story about the bonds of family and friendship, showing how even the most independent people need someone to lean on. Readers will love spending time with Laurie and her friends; suggest to fans of Katherine Center and Abbi Waxman. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 May #2
    *Starred Review* As a child, Laurie Sassalyn would escape to her Aunt Dot's to get away from the chaos and hubbub of her own home. Years later, Laurie returns to Calcasset, Maine, to help clear out Aunt Dot's house. Much of what Laurie finds is the usual mementos of a life well lived, but hidden inside one of Aunt Dot's chests is an unexpected treasure: a beautifully painted duck decoy. Why did Aunt Dot hide it away? Laurie enlists Matt, the handsome "bereavement declutterer" who is helping sort through Aunt Dot's belongings, but when Laurie discovers that Matt has nefarious intentions, she, her childhood best friend, June, and her high-school boyfriend, Nick, band together to solve the mystery. There's still a spark between Laurie and Nick, and Laurie has to figure out a path forward that satisfies both her need for solitude and independence and her desire for a relationship. Holmes (Evvie Drake Starts Over, 2019) blends humor, emotional depth, and small-town charm in this delightful story about the bonds of family and friendship, showing how even the most independent people need someone to lean on. Readers will love spending time with Laurie and her friends; suggest to fans of Katherine Center and Abbi Waxman. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Linda Holmes is a novelist, a pop culture correspondent for NPR, and one of the hosts of the popular podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which has held sold-out live shows in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. She appears regularly on NPR radio shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Before NPR, she wrote for New York magazine online and for TV Guide, as well as for the groundbreaking website Television Without Pity. Her first novel, Evvie Drake Starts Over, was a New York Times bestseller. In her free time, she watches far too many romantic comedies, bakes bread, plays with her wonderful dog, and tries to keep various plants thriving.

Subject: Single women > Fiction.
Family secrets > Fiction.
Great-aunts > Fiction.
Antiques > Fiction.
Self-actualization (Psychology) > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Theft > Fiction.
Swindlers and swindling > Fiction.
Maine > Fiction.
FICTION / Family Life / General.
FICTION / Humorous / General.
Genre: Romance fiction.

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