This is the fourth and final book in Adriana Trigiani’s Big Stone Gap series. I was sorry to finish it and know that there was nothing more to read about Ave Maria MacChesney, and her friends and family.
In this book, Ave feels that life is changing – and she isn’t sure she liked it. Her good friend Iva Lou seems to be keeping secrets, Ave’s daughter Etta has got married and is living in Italy, and scariest of all, Ave’s husband Jack is taken into hospital with a suspected heart condition. The prospect of losing Jack makes both of them face up to what they still want to do with their life, and face up to the changes taking place around them. Ave has to face her fears and Jack has to face his mortality.
I love these books. As always, in this slice of life, there is a colourful cast of funny, flawed, compassionate and eccentric characters, who are by now familiar to readers of the series. I find myself really investing in the characters and caring about them.
The way of life in the mountains is well depicted, and the closeness of living in a small town is so well portrayed, and as always, this book left me wanting to visit Big Stone Gap, Virginia, for myself.
Adriana Trigiani novels are the written equivalent of curling up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate – undemanding, enjoyable and a treat to be savoured. Highly recommended.