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The third book in the Big Stone Gap Trilogy finds Ava Maria and Jack Mac raising Etta and growing older. The love between them grows sweeter (and wiser), and the stories of the town's folk are some of the best parts of the book. Pearl has expanded the drug store to three now. Jack Mac's construction company, which he and two friends opened after the coal mines closed, is thriving. Etta's teenage antics throw Ava Maria for a loop . . . and Ava Maria finds herself being the OPP (overprotective parent), while Jack Mac is the laid back nice one . . . isn't that typical??? But as time goes on, Etta does survive being raised by imperfect parents . . . and both parents finally learn to value the qualities the other bring to the table. This series has a great southern, down home feel . . . you'll laugh, cry, and come to love all these people, just like they are your own neighbors.
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In this, the final book of the Stone Gap trilogy, Jack and Ave Maria raise their daughter with all the anxiety of getting through the teenages, up to her marriage. There are big changes in Big Stone Gap, and some of Ave Maria’s closest friends have some dramatic life crises. This book finishes off he series, and we are all sorry to see it end. Again, I can’t imagine anyone reading these books aloud but Trigiani herself.
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