The Penny Tree (Thorndike Clean Reads)

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Single mom Annie Hillman has been coping with trouble for so long, she's just getting through the days, when the local newspaper carries an ad featuring a picture of a young Annie on the front page, with an earnest message of love and regret from an unknown admirer. The paper's editor refuses to name names, but the ads continue to appear. And when the story breaks, Annie finds herself in the national spotlight.

Now, for the first time in years, Annie is beginning to see that joy might be possible even in the midst of hard times-and that the life she's led, along with the people she's loved, might still show her the way.

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About the Author:

Holly Kennedy lives in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains with her husband and two sons.

From Publishers Weekly:

Kennedy's tedious second novel (after The Tin Box) focuses on Annie Hillman, a mother of two in the middle of a divorce. Her 11-year-old son Eric's rare illness has racked up enormous bills and caused tension in the family, and Luke, her 13-year-old, longs to live with his father, Jack. When Annie loses her job, she moves the brood from Seattle to her hometown, Eagan's Point, Wash. A series of ads purporting to be from an admirer from Annie's past appear in the local paper, making Annie a minor local celebrity and later attracting the attention of a daytime talk show. The search for the ad author's identity is fruitless, but his unconvincing identity is finally revealed on the talk show. Hillman's writing tends toward the banal ("Funny what our minds keep from us.... What we refuse to accept and what we twist around to look like something that's easier to accept"), and many of the situations are too contrived to elicit the emotive reaction the author intends. (Apr.)
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