The three spunky ladies who so charmed readers in The Ladies of Convington Send Their Love and The Gardens of Covington welcome us back to the small Southern town of Covington, to their quaint white farmhouse with yellow shutters on Cove Road.
Life lessons abound throughout From the Heart of Covington, as housemates Hannah, Grace, and Amelia continue to surround themselves with love and hope, meeting each new challenge with equanimity and heart and placing their trust in one another as their friendship strengthens and grows. In helping a dear friend and neighbor cope with illness, the ladies develop a deeper mutual compassion and a true appreciation for the softness of heart and toughness of spirit that join them as women.
Amelia, feeling strong and adventurous, takes a momentous trip to New York City to further her burgeoning photography career. Grace, kindhearted as ever, becomes involved with a little girl at the local elementary school who may be having terrible problems at home. Meanwhile, Hannah's daughter, Laura, is involved in a tragic accident that has serious consequences for all concerned.
With the same compassion and heart readers have already come to know and love, Joan Medlicott once again reveals how life's journeys and challenges only strengthen our loving commitments to family, friends, and loved ones. It's another inspiring message of courage, self-acceptance, and hope.
The third entry in Medlicott's cozy series about North Carolina roomies Hannah, Amelia and Grace presents new trials for the aging trio. Hannah's estranged daughter Laura, injured in a boating accident, moves in while recuperating; shutterbug Amelia volunteers at a hospital and gets an opportunity to show her work in New York City; and Grace, who lives to bake and eat, is in denial concerning a diagnosis of diabetes. Meanwhile, all three must contend with the illness of close friend and neighbor Harold. Just as the youthful concerns of series like Sweet Valley High are targeted toward a niche of readers of a certain juvenile age, the geriatric concerns of the ladies of Covington hip replacements, adjusting to sleeping alone after the death of a spouse, making dietary concessions to age and ruminating on where the soul goes determine the audience here as well. More like a lengthy once-a-year holiday update on the doings of family and friends than a novel, the lead-by-example episodes should still offer reassurances to readers facing similar problems, though even they might find it hard to endure the painfully stilted dialogue. Helping underprivileged children, organizing round-the-clock care for terminally ill friends, healing wounded birds: if not exactly exciting, these activities are carried out by the sort of well-meaning women you'd want in your corner in a pinch. Major ad/promo; national author tour; reading group guide.