on January 18, 2013
In the long-awaited sequel to her debut novel One Smooth Stone, Marcia Laycock tells the story of Alex's sister Andrea. Also left in foster care, Andrea is now facing a crisis pregnancy herself. Running away to Saskatoon, Andrea finds a job in a diner where she connects with the motherly owner and the mentally handicapped busboy. Meanwhile, Alex is looking for her, desperate not only to reconnect with his only family member, but also wanting to pass on important medical information about their mother. I enjoyed meeting Alex again and getting to know Andrea. At times, the story felt a bit "preachy" - several characters share their testimonies - but in the end, it was fun to see how all the threads of the stories came together to produce a happy ending for each character.