This month brings an eclectic collection of compelling women's fiction as diverse in style, settings and stories as April's unpredictable weather.

Empty nest

Hannah O'Connell struggles as her life is ripped away from her with a surgeon's slice in Kimberly Cates' poignant and powerful The Mother's Day Garden.

Recovering from a hysterectomy, Hannah is entrusted with a mystery baby just when she's struggling to reconcile her own longing for a second child. The lilacs her husband Sam planted for her and their baby Becca were supposed to have been only the beginning of the garden, but when their family didn't grow, neither did the garden. When a man from her past returns, Hannah's own lost baby and the unresolved pain she has carried in secret add to her torment.

Kimberly Cates' writing is so redolent with the human experience of yearning, sacrifice, loss and the joy of recovery that readers will be drawn into this novel until it is read and remains a hauntingly fragrant memory of treasured storytelling.

Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in northern Minnesota.

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