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  Library Journal Review

The "ladies" return in Medlicott's gracefully written sequel to The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love (LJ 3/1/00). The three seventyish friends, who live together in a North Carolina farmhouse, are busy growing and learning through life's experiences. Stalwart Hannah, who is still involved in her plant nursery business, rallies the town's forces to combat a ruthless developer and save the area's natural beauty. Sweet, soft Grace and beau Bob open a tearoom together (Bob's son Russell and grandson Tyler are major players in this story). And dreamy Amelia falls hard for a scoundrel who is sure to hurt her. Two weddings figure prominently Russell remarries after much family conflict, and an elderly friend (and virgin bride) marries an old codger. The story ends happily with disputed land being given as a gift (and saved from development) for transformation into the Gardens of Covington. Highly recommended. Carol J. Bissett, New Braunfels P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

In this sequel to The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love (2000), Medlicott returns to the tiny mountain community for the next episode in the lives of Grace, Hannah, and Amelia. Living together in a renovated farmhouse, these three women share their dreams and disappointments, offering each other encouragement, advice, and support. Grace, an expert cook, struggles to realize her dream of opening a teahouse. Hannah, whose passion is gardening, is training a friend to run her greenhouse. And Amelia, a talented artist and photographer, falls in love with an enigmatic man who refuses to discuss his past. Grace, Hannah, and Amelia have lived in Covington for just over a year, but are still working to be accepted by their neighbors. When developers from Georgia threaten to transform Covington's lush terrain into a series of condominiums and strip malls, the three friends must find a way to protect their peaceful rural community. Both fans of Medlicott and readers new to Covington will enjoy this charming story of small-town life. --Bonnie Johnston

  Kirkus Review

In a sequel to The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love (2000), insights are secondary to incident as the three friends, facing old age in a picturesque rural community, now confront threats to their land, their friendship, and their loved ones. Only months have passed since Hannah, Amelia, and Grace moved into the renovated farmhouse on Cove Road in Covington, North Carolina, and began making new lives for themselves. Amelia, scarred physically and emotionally by the accident that killed her husband, continues to take award-winning photographs; Hannah, who was abandoned by her husband and had to raise her two daughters on her own, still works in the garden and the greenhouse she sold to a local young man; and Grace, a widow with one gay son, holds all three together with her warm wisdom. As the story opens, Grace, an accomplished cook, and her courtly lover Bob are getting ready to open a tearoom, and Bob’s widowed son Russell, father of grade-schooler Tyler, has fallen in love with Emily, whose parents have moved into a villa in a development in the next valley. The three women are unhappy about the development and even more concerned when they learn that the developer has plans for Cove Road as well. While Hannah fights to keep Cove Road as it is, Grace and Bob must help Tyler accept Emily as a stepmother. And Amelia, courted by the handsome if uncommunicative Lance Lundquist, must choose between sexual attraction and her hard-won independence. Two weddings and a funeral round out a plot that’s a whirl of activities, satisfactory resolutions, and low-key dramas as the three ladies remain true, strong, and ready for their next book. Like so many sequels, more an update than a truly new story.
Summary
The beloved friends who so charmed readers in "The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love" return in this installment, where Hannah battles developers threatening their beloved valley. Meanwhile Amelia becomes involved with a dashing older man, and Grace and Bob open a teahouse together--and discover there is nothing easy about tea.
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