“Book on CD read by Cassandra Campbell
Trigiani takes the reader back to Big Stone Gap for the continuing story of Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney and her family (book #4 in the Big Stone Gap series). Ave Maria is feeling a little down because her daughter has gotten married and moved to Italy. Then a stranger comes to town and this results in a break between Ave Maria and Iva Lou. Add to this the stress of Jack Mac’s health problems and the arrival in town of a coal company that plans to employ mountaintop removal and it’s no wonder Ave Maria is feeling out of sorts. On the other hand there is plenty to celebrate – a wedding, a community theatre production, Christmas, and a dream trip to Scotland. It’s an entertaining novel that shows the ups and downs of life and the importance of family, friends, and a place to call home. Campbell does a fine job on the audio. She has a good pace and enough skill with various voices to differentiate the many characters.