Three Good Things by Wendy Francis
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ELLEN McCLARETY, a recent divorcée, has opened a new bake shop in her small Midwestern town, hoping to turn her life around by dedicating herself to the traditional Danish pastry called kringle. She is no longer saddled by her ne’er-do-well husband, but the past still haunts her—sometimes by showing up on her doorstep. Her younger sister, Lanie, is a successful divorce attorney with a baby at home. But Lanie is beginning to feel that her perfect life is not as perfect as it seems. Both women long for the guidance of their mother, who died years ago but left them with lasting memories of her love and a wonderful piece of advice: “At the end of every day, you can always think of three good things that happened.”

Ellen and Lanie are as close as two sisters can be, until one begins keeping a secret that could forever change both their lives. Wearing her big Midwestern heart proudly on her sleeve, Wendy Francis skillfully illuminates the emotional lives of two women with humor and compassion, weaving a story destined to be shared with a friend, a mother, or a sister.

About Wendy Francis

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Wendy Francis is a former senior editor in book publishing. Her writing has appeared in local magazines, such as The Improper Bostonian. She is currently a freelance editor and writer living outside of Boston.
Published January 1, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ellen and Lanie are sisters who lost their wise and loving mother, a baker, when Ellen was 16 and Lanie was 6.

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Since her divorce, Ellen McClarety has opened up a successful bake shop in her small Wisconsin town and struggled to settle into single life.

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Three Good Things elaborates on a couple of issues facing Ellen McClarety and her sister Lanie, but for the most part their problems are treated in a lackadaisical manner – maybe a result of telling instead of showing, and the end result is a pleasant book with a dearth of emotional content.

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