Honey by Sarah Weeks is a sweet story of family, secrets, misunderstandings, and nail polish.
all starts with a late-night phone call: ten-year-old Melody overhears
her father calling someone "Honey," and she couldn't be more thrilled.
After all, Melody's mother died when Melody was born, and she longs for a
loving stepmother -- maybe someone who will make cookies, like her
friend Nick's stepmother Jenny. Melody is determined to figure out who
in their small town could be her father's love interest . . . but what
if it's someone terrible? Suddenly, Melody is not as excited about the
possibility of her father dating, but she's still determined to get to
the bottom of things. And what better place to track down a rumor than
the town's new beauty salon?
Remember how, a few reviews back, I
was commenting on how many folksy small-town stories there are, and how
few of them are done well? Well, honey, this is one of the few! Weeks
does an excellent job of portraying Melody's complicated emotions
surrounding the mother she never got a chance to know, the father she
adores, the stepmother she hopes for, and the one she fears she might
get. The secondary characters are quirky but not unbelievable, and the
story is sweet but not saccharine. This is a book to savor!
(Reviewed from a finished copy, courtesy of the publisher.)