This big-hearted novel about small-town miracles is the entertaining follow-up to Shaffner's popular debut, "In the Land of Second Chances. Welcome to Ebb, Nebraska-- home of the Corn Palace, the Quilting Circle, the Come Again Bed and Breakfast, and Wilma Porter and her indomitable gang of friends. Loretta Parsons, Wilma's best friend and the ...
This big-hearted novel about small-town miracles is the entertaining follow-up to Shaffner's popular debut, "In the Land of Second Chances. Welcome to Ebb, Nebraska-- home of the Corn Palace, the Quilting Circle, the Come Again Bed and Breakfast, and Wilma Porter and her indomitable gang of friends. Loretta Parsons, Wilma's best friend and the owner of the Bold Cut Beauty Salon, called the town " the Last Oasis of Nice." And it is. But Ebb also has more than its share of troubles. Loretta is in a coma and her salon is burned to the ground. Wilma's grandson, Matt, is in the county jail awaiting sentencing for arson and attempted murder. Clem Tucker, the richest man in town, is cooking up a business deal that could have dire consequences for everyone. Even the powerful Quilting Circle, which includes almost every woman in Ebb, is at its wit's end. Wilma's prayers for help are answered when the mysterious traveling salesman Mr.Vernon Moore returns to save the day . . . and a life or two while he's at it.
I bought this book after readiing Shaffner's first book "In the Land of Second Chances." This series will keep you guessing until the end. You will fall in love with the characters. This books takes you to that small town that we all miss.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-01-02 Vernon Moore, the mysterious salesman who upended everyone's lives in the quaint town of Ebb, Nebr., in Shaffner's first novel (In the Land of Second Chances) returns to save the day in this enchanting sequel. Once again, feisty Wilma Porter, owner of Come Again Bed & Breakfast, narrates an improbable tale full of miracles, humor, tragedy and a strong dose of religion and morality. Vernon finds all not well in Ebb: Wilma's grandson, Matthew, is in the county jail, refusing to name the two accomplices who destroyed the local hair salon and bludgeoned owner Loretta Parsons into a coma. Loretta happens to be Wilma's best friend, the town's only resident of color and, not incidentally, the mother of Vernon's out-of-wedlock child. Meanwhile, Wilma's "Fianc? in Perpetuity," wealthy business entrepreneur Clem Tucker, is raising eyebrows around town with the parceling and sale of his inherited farm. Vernon's interactions with the recalcitrant Matt shine; his confrontation with the menacing founders of a local religious sect is both chilling and gratifying; and his "win-win" impact on the financial future of the town comes as no surprise. Ebb's warm-and-fuzzyness is well realized, and readers will keep reading in the hope of learning who Vernon really is. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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