Lena has managed to carve out an almost idyllic life for herself in the small seaside town of Monterey until the unexpected and illogically explained death of her best friend pulls her out of the life she has painstakingly built and thrusts her into a topsy-turvy world of characters and situations who aren't always what they present themselves to be. Lena's nature and beliefs demand that she make the choice to follow her drive for justice for her dead friend, regardless of the danger and loss to herself, thus launching her on a quest and an odyssey that will challenge her courage and bring her pain, loss and connection over the next few years as she crosses the path of many unique, endearing characters and some despicable, frightening ones. Through it all she maintains her courage, heart and humor and learns more about human nature than she ever imagined....Review by Gayle Pope.
A Bible And A Fly Swatter - 1977
All Morgan wanted was to find a roof over her head with her oversize canine campanion. She found it--having to live under the watchful eyes of a crazy woman while a wave of unexpected life lessons ensued. Some of what Morgan witnessed for the first time in her young life shook her innocence. Backed by naivete, she started with stealing her grandfather from a neglectful rest home. "Now what do I do with him?" What would she do with the mysterious sommelier, or naked Albert who refused to keep his clothes on, or a W. A. S. P. who survived in discontent, or David who survived crumpled in a wheelchair with his hookah and brilliant mind. With the help of George, who popped through her closet door regularly, she made a dent to be remembered and lived a year she will never forget.
Rancho Alviso thrived for over one hundred years with no intention of ever dying. Generations proudly called Rancho Alviso home. But after Roberto passed away, Rancho Alviso began to slowly die in his wake. This would be the last generation for Rancho Alviso; it was a life in the past...until an escaped convict and his dimwitted partner decided to make an unscheduled visit.
Pedro's Chili Bowl
Lekita finally made the long-awaited trip to visit her hometown only to discover that so much of what she held close to her heart had been revamped to an unrecognizable degree. She walked the hallowed ground of her past amid a foreign landscape only to be haunted by all that was missing. The spirits from Lekita's past guided her through and out of the places she once called home. They say that you can't go home again. You can--but it just might not be there anymore.