A Little Ray of Sunshine by Lani Diane Rich
NAL Trade, 304 pages
Emmy James is not the kind of girl who attracts angels. In fact, after she sent her life into a nosedive six years ago, sheâ€™s tried to attract as little as possible -attention, people, or responsibility. She skips from town to town in an Airstream trailer, working odd jobs and keeping to herself until a sudden whim lets her know itâ€™s time to move again.
And this works just fine, until the day two unexpected visitors show up at the New Jersey trailer park she calls home. One is a childhood friend with news: her mother and his father are getting married, and they want EJ to be there. The other is a sweet but odd woman named Jess, who says sheâ€™s an angel specializing in cosmic relationship mendingâ€¦and blueberry pancakes. Jess doesnâ€™t think itâ€™s any coincidence that this is all happening at once, but EJ would rather run herself over with her own Airstream before reconnecting with her neglectful, self-absorbed mother. When she wakes up to find her trailer cruising down the highway with a determined angel at the wheel, however, EJ realizes that sometimes what you want and what the Universe intends for you can be two very different thingsâ€¦
I am really starting to love Lani Diane Richâ€˜s works. Thereâ€™s something about what she writes and the people she writes about that really piques my interests, and this one is no different. (Plus, donâ€™t you just love that cover? :P)
EJ is a girl whoâ€™s been around for the past six years, going from one place to another, taking jobs as a cashier, using a receipt printer and just living on her own. What people donâ€™t know about her is that sheâ€™s the daughter of Lilly Lorraine, a famous actress, and itâ€™s something she doesnâ€™t really want people to know. Frankly, sheâ€™d rather bury her past and just live the way she lives now â€” itâ€™s less painful that way.
But one day brings her two unexpected surprises: one is a visit from an old friend telling her that her mother is getting married yet again to his father and probably the closest and most real parent heâ€™d ever had. And she gets a visit from an angel â€” or someone who thinks she is. Jess, the angel, is convinced that the Universe wants her to help EJ, and would stop at nothing in doing so â€” even going as far as â€œkidnappingâ€ EJ.
After much reluctance, EJ finally decides to go home just for the wedding, but what she saw when she got back was something she never expected. Oh, and her old friend and ex-fiancee was there too â€” with a lot of old hurts that she never thought sheâ€™d have to deal with all over again.
A Little Ray of Sunshine is exactly what the title says â€” itâ€™s a little ray of sunshine in a book. Itâ€™s a really entertaining story, with a wacky cast of characters. EJ, with all her rudeness to her mother and the people around her and her need to go to be alone, is still very endearing. Jess is such a darling, and I almost thought she was a real angel until her own secrets were revealed. Lilly was annoying and lovable at the same time. The tension between the characters was the kind of thing that youâ€™d see in real life, and the resolution was realistic enough that you know itâ€™s just the right way for the story to go to.
Itâ€™s a really good book, and Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™d want to read more of Lani Diane Richâ€™s work. :)
Cover & Blurb: Goodreads
Note: Review originally posted at Refine Me