Readers may remember Juliette Fay from her debut novel, SHELTER ME, which was one of my early Bets On selections. She returns with a new Bets On selection this week, DEEP DOWN TRUE.Here, Dana Stellgarten is newly divorced and still a bit jangled about it. She has two kids with divided lives, shuffling between their mom and dad, a niece who shows up on her doorstep in all her Goth glory to clock some time with her, and enough drama in her life to make a woman get a job for some sanity as well as a paycheck.
As she is thrown into the new work and dating worlds, Dana sorts through her life and starts to define herself beyond being a wife and a mother.
The book has strong, likable characters who are vividly portrayed, a storyline that really moves, and some great, deep-down honesty as Dana figures out who she really is. I also love that she volunteers for something called Comfort Food, delivering meals to those who are ill; it’s a plotline nicely woven into the story that gives it even more heart and allows us to see Dana’s inner core right from the start.