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2010 BAIPA Award Winner: Best Novel.
The park was beautiful, as were the restored Victorian houses nearby, but Sacramento Park Ranger Hank Forrester predicts that drunks and vagrants will migrate there to drink and panhandle, and criticizes city officials for having created a skid row. Claire Patterson, still grieving the recent deaths of her husband and aunt, has chosen an entirely new direction: she ll manage the bookstore and live in the Victorian her aunt has bequeathed her. At a time when women are starting to buy homes and run their own businesses, Claire s accomplishments and the love she finds make for an engrossing narrative of a daring young woman, a government agency run amok, and a unique solution to an intractable problem.