How I Came to Sparkle Again

Jill Anthony spent her youth in the ski town of Sparkle, Colorado, and more than a decade has passed since she left. When a devastating tragedy coupled with the worst kind of betrayal makes her want to do nothing but run away, the only place she knows to go is home: Sparkle.

Lisa Carlucci looks in the mirror one morning and realizes that she no longer wants to treat her body like a Holiday Inn. She’s going to hold out for love. The only problem is, love might come in the form of her ski bum best friend, who lives next door with his ski bum friends in a trailer known as “the Kennel.”

Casie Jones, at age ten, has lost her mother and no longer believes in anything. Her only solace comes from the messages she believes her deceased mother is sending her through the heart-shaped rocks they once collected in the streams and hills of Sparkle.

Three people at the crossroads of heartbreak and healing. Three lives that will be changed one winter in Sparkle, Colorado. One tender, funny, tear-jerking novel you won’t soon forget.

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Here’s what other authors are saying...

“A gem of a novel. I loved the fresh setting and quirky, endearing cast of characters. How I Came to Sparkle Again is like a perfect run down a black diamond slope.”

—Kristen Hannah, author of The Nightengale

“This novel is filled with all my favorite things: characters who are so real you want to reach out and give them a hug, a magical setting, enough surprises to keep the pages turning, heartbreak, laughter, crying, and sighing. Not to be missed!”

—Susan Wiggs, author of Starlight on Willow Lake (The Lakeshore Chronicles)

“A generous and endearing novel of loss and reconnection, of friendship and love and finding your way home, where the ski bums have big hearts and name their dogs after beer.”

—Erica Bauermeister, author of The Lost Art of Mixing

“McLaren weaves a wonderfully tender story of three lives in search of love and healing that will leave you crying, laughing, and wanting for more. A true page-turner.”

—Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove

“Both entertaining and wise... so much fun to read!”

—Nancy Thayer, author of The Guest Cottage

“Weaves together the stories of two women and a young girl grappling with love and loss... surprisingly hilarious supporting characters... warm, satisfying, a treat.”

—Sarah Pekkanen, author of Things You Won’t Say