A Piece of Heaven
By Barbara Samuel
(Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780345445681, 416pp.)
Publication Date: January 13, 2004
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With her acclaimed hardcover debut, No Place Like Home, readers enthusiastically welcomed Barbara Samuel into the ranks of bestselling women’s fiction, applauding her stirring novel of loss and redemption. In A Piece of Heaven, she shares another poignant tale rich in atmosphere and insight that explores the complexity of relationships, the importance of family, and the healing power of love.
In the sun-baked hills of New Mexico, Luna McGraw has lived a lifetime of regrets, struggling to conquer the demons that destroyed her marriage and caused her to lose custody of her beloved daughter. But as Luna fights to rebuild a relationship with the troubled teenager, she remains haunted by images of her own childhood and the father she barely knew.
Strong and resilient as the houses he builds, Thomas Coyote comes into Luna’s life one extraordinary night when his grandmother nearly dies while conjuring a fiery brew of spiritual enchantment. Luna does not need a man— especially one with a needy ex-wife—to complicate her fragile dreams of the future. Their attraction pushes them both beyond reason into a place where there is only possibility. Yet it will take more than passion to recover the tattered pieces of Luna’s soul, more than time to forgive the sins of an offending husband, and more than promises to mend the broken heart of a child.
A Piece of Heaven is an irresistible novel full of colorful characters and lush settings spiced with the magical flavors of the Southwest, a brilliant tapestry of romance and realism by a master storyteller.
Barbara Samuel is the award-winning author of several novels, including The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue and No Place Like Home. She lives in Pueblo, Colorado, with her two sons, where is she currently writing her next novel.
“A deep and wise love story . . . Mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters—there’s something wonderful here for every reader.”
Author of Bad Girl Creek and Along Came Mary
“BARBARA SAMUELS IS IRRESISTIBLE. She writes compelling, poignant stories that will touch the heart of any woman.”
—SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS
“Samuel has created truly three-dimensional characters, filled with flaws, strengths, and idiosyncrasies. As lyrical as a Spanish ballad, peppered with Southwestern metaphors and allusions, and written in a style evocative of Barbara Kingsolver at her best.”
“BARBARA SAMUELS IS ‘A POET OF THE NEW WEST.’ ”
—MARY JO PUTNEY