Author: Terri DuLong
About: Married only a few months, Monica and Adam Brooks’ honeymoon takes a turn when Adam’s ex-wife is ruled unfit to parent their 8 year-old-daughter Clarissa and the girl is sent to live with the newlyweds. Monica has never considered herself to be mother material so having a child in the house is an adjustment. The little girl is understandably shy but also happy to be living with her father. Monica vows to try to be a good step-mother.
There’s also some drama in the little town of Cedar Key. A big-city developer is sniffing around with plans to buy property and bring in some up-scale businesses. The community has prided itself in maintaining it’s charm so citizens are upset at the thought of becoming a snobby resort town.
Drama on a personal level occurs when illness strikes one of the main characters.
Descriptive Words: Heartwarming series.
Thoughts: This is the second book of the Cedar Key series. Terri DuLong’s Cedar Key is home to genuine, caring, and nice people. In the first book (Spinning Forward) we met Sydney, Monica’s mother, who arrived in Cedar Key to visit a friend and wound up finding family. She decided to settle down in the town, opened a yarn shop and started a new life. In Casting About Sydney’s daughter has purchased her mother’s shop after Sydney moved to France with her new husband. I really enjoyed how Monica grew as a character throughout the novel. She has a loving husband and a step-daughter who needs some mothering – and she steps up to the challenge. Monica finds out what it takes to be a mother.
I liked the supporting characters: Grace, Monica’s best friend who runs the local coffee shop; Dora, Monica’s aunt who would do anything for her niece; and Opal, Adam’s mother who is a bit of an eccentric but has a heart of gold. There are a few more who add to the charming, small town feel of the novel.
I appreciated that Terri DuLong wrote Adam as such a solid character. It was nice to see a positive and strong male who is assertive but also respectful and supportive of his wife and daughter.
Casting About is a lovely novel. I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones in the next book in the series.
Recommend? Yes, to fans of the Cedar Key series, small town fiction, heart-warming novels.
Pub. date: October 26, 2010