Vernal Equinox: Making Arrangements by Ferris Robinson
Against all odds, cancer survivor Lang Eldridge is celebrating the one-year anniversary of her "death sentence" when her beloved husband drops dead on the tennis court. Reeling from shock, Lang realizes all of her perfect arrangements (from the caramel cake in the freezer for his first Christmas without her to love letters for his first anniversary alone) are in utter disarray. A mute stray dog posts itself on her front porch and a grammar-butchering fashion plate posts herself in Lang's kitchen, regularly revealing too much information. Lillian, Lang's long-lost mother, reappears for the funeral and is as obnoxious as ever. Her son, Teddy, has his own ideas of how she should manage her life, and they don't include cavorting about with a veterinarian who resembles Wimpy. Lang's granddaughter is a bright spot in her life, and Lang can't imagine life without her.
With her historical family estate in jeopardy, Lang discovers her husband wasn't as perfect as she thought.
Is she strong enough to keep her husband's secret from destroying her life?
Ferris Robinson lives in a beautiful part of East Tennessee with her husband and two dogs. The mother of three grown sons, she delights in the fact that her dogs obey her - more or less. A former columnist for the Chattanooga Free Press, she is now the editor of the Lookout Mountain Mirror and the Signal Mountain Mirror. Her work has been published numerous times in The Christian Science Monitor and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She is a columnist at chattanoogan.com. The author of several cookbooks, including Never Trust a Hungry Cook, which she wrote in college, Simplify Supper and the Gorgeless Gourmet's Cookbook, Ferris was featured on the cover of Woman's World magazine. Promoting her easy but healthy recipes, she made numerous television appearances and sold 10,000 copies of the Gorgeless Gourmet's Cookbook, pre-Internet. Subscribers from every state subscribed to her newsletter, The Gorgeless Gourmet's Newsletter. She also wrote Dogs and Love - Sixteen Stories of Fidelity, and Authentic Log Homes, featuring hand-hewn log homes. "Making Arrangements" is her first novel.