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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

ARC Arrival: Stretch Marks by Kimberly Stuart


Stretch Marks by Kimberly Stuart

Publisher: David C. Cook

About the book: Mia is a granola-eating, sensible shoe-wearing, carbon footprint-conscious twenty-something living in a multicultural neighborhood in Chicago. Her mother, Babs, is a stiletto-wearing Zsa Zsa Gabor type who works as an activities hostess on a Caribbean cruise line. . .and if you guessed there's some tension there, you'd be right. Factor in an unexpected pregnancy and Mia's idealistic boyfriend, and the mother-daughter relationship is, well, stretched very thin. As is Mia's sanity when Babs shows up to. . .help.

Actually, Mia has a whole neighborhood of quirky characters who want to help, including her BFF, Frankie, a magenta-haired librarian; Silas, the courtly gentleman of indeterminate age who lives downstairs; and Adam, proprietor of the corner grocery store where Mia shops. But it's Adam--endearing, kind, possessed of a perfect smile and impeccable Persian manners--who ultimately charms Babs and rescues Mia from more than one mother-induced meltdown. Could it be that Mia and Babs might actually be able to get along?

With Kimberly Stuart's trademark irreverent humor and a surprising and satisfying take on romance, Stretch Marks is an authentic but tender story about family, grace, and the importance of a good grocer. (back cover)

About the author: Kimberly Stuart lives, plays, parents, does a lot of laundry, and writes at her home in Des Moines, Iowa. (back cover)

Stretch Marks
Publisher/Publication Date: David C. Cook, Sept 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7814-4892-5
304 pages


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