by Lani Diane Rich

February 2008
ISBN: 978-0-451-22296-1
Reviewer Graphic Button New American Library
Trade Paperback

When I heard that Lani Diane Rich had a new book coming I was quite anxious to get my hands on it. I had read one previous title from this author, and loved her humor, and character development. It was therefore with baited breath that I waited at the mailbox for my copy of A Little Ray of Sunshine to be delivered.

When it finally arrived, and I sat down to dive right in, what I got for a story was not what I was expecting at all! EJ, as she prefers to be known is the only child of child star Lilly Lorraine. Living in the shadow of a famous mother was always hard for EJ, and has severely impacted the grown up lifestyle of EJ.

EJ lives a nomadic life, traveling from place to place and living out of an Airstream trailer. She believes that shes happy with the way her life is until two events occur. One is the young woman stranded in her current place of employment. Jess, the young woman tells EJ that shes an angel and its her mission to help those in need. Is Jess telling the truth, and is EJ really the one she should be helping?

Then a blast from her past finds EJ. Digs also known as David tracks her down and tells her that his father, and the man who helped to raise EJ when her own mother seemed incapable, and her mother are getting married and really want her at the ceremony.

Now the heart of the story really begins. Readers might need to have tissues nearby as Jess, EJ, and Lillian head down a path that no one is quite expecting. As I said earlier I truly thought I was going to get a nice light hearted read, but I got a story that takes an honest look into a dysfunctional family, and how they got that way, and whether or not they had a chance at correcting their past mistakes.

I firmly believe that every reader will find a character in A Little Ray of Sunshine with whom they should be able to relate, and therefore as the characters evolve maybe just maybe you might find a little insight into yourself.

A Little Ray of Sunshine was only my second read by Ms. Rich, but if she can continue to write stories that both make me laugh and have me feeling deep emotions, then I know I will be continuing to look for her and adding her to my personal TBR.

Reviewed in February 2008 by Sandi.

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