Confession: I really had no idea what this book was about, but the cover sucked me right in.
It's a simple but unusual picture, so I had to find out more.
This is Tiffany Baker's story of Truly Plaice, the title character of the novel, and the events that happen during the first 40 or so years of her life. For starters, she has a slightly older sister who is beautiful and thin, which is a stark contrast to her bulky lines and plain features. Of course they rarely get along. Oh, and then their mother dies while giving birth to Truly. And then their semi-crappy dad dies.
Easy, peeps. I'm not giving away anything that the book jacket doesn't already tell. Truly's life takes some interesting turns as she gets older and larger. She gets involved with a strict, semi-mysterious doctor whose family has always been involved in medicine--and possibly witchcraft. But not involved like that. She's more of a housekeeper. She also tries to help townspeople with their problems in a special sort of way.
Now, before you get all enough-is-enough with the magic stuff, I'll say that Baker doesn't harp on it or get too cutesy with it. Think more Salem witch trials than Diagon Alley.
Although this book probably won't win many awards or a spot on my must-read-again list, it was a fairly enjoyable story. There are some nice plots involving friendship, sisterhood, perception, and relationships in general, and the tone is rather interesting. It never got too schmaltzy or boring, but it wasn't life-changing, either. If you're looking for a decent way to pass a few hours, then give Truly a try.