"fun and easy to read Bad Girl Creek tale"
A year has passed since Phoebe, Ness, Nance, and Beryl
moved in together on Phoebe's California flower farm to
help each other overcome or at least deal with health
problems and bad relationships (see BAD GIRL CREEK).
Phoebe is pregnant, but the father died in a car crash on
their wedding day. Ness has been diagnosed as HIV
positive. Nance is heading to the altar, as she will marry
Phoebe's brother though she believes she still loves music
reporter Rick. Beryl still recovers from accidentally
killing her spouse, spending time in jail, and what seems
to her is unrequited love for Earl.
Maddy leaves Nebraska, ditching her singing partner
boyfriend who is drunk one time too many, to visit Oklahoma
City, where her twin sister died in the Bombing. She meets
Rick and they make love before traveling together to Santa
Fe. At a performance in Santa Fe, Maddy meets Beryl and
Earl. Together everyone goes to Bad Girl Creek for the
In spite of the major flaws of the key nine characters that
make up this baseball team, the cast is a sweet bunch
struggling to overcome their problems through this loose
association. The story line is fun and easy to read, but
keep score because the changing points of view and the hard
to distinguish protagonists make for a
difficult time remembering who has what. Somewhat soap opera
in nature, the middle tale of Jo-Ann Mapson's trilogy will
delight her fans and those who desire a cautionary tale
brimming with muted optimism.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 14, 2002