The Darlings are a warm, loud, slightly boundary-challenged family of 4 adult sisters and a brother. The first in a 3-part series, All Right Here, is about Ivy Darling and her husband Nick Mason, a couple with a crumbling marriage, who struggle with infertility. When the 3 kids next door are abandoned by their mother, Ivy & Nick unwittingly become foster parents to the only black children in the town of Copper Cove, Maine. Even as Ivy grows more attached to the kids, Nick refuses to accept their unorthodox household as a permanent family. With their relationship spiraling down fast, Ivy has to decide whether or not she still cares enough to try to save her marriage. A book about faith, family and most of all, forgiveness.

…an honest and delicately navigated novel... Gardner writes with raw insight… a beautiful journey that is both heartbreaking and hopeful.” ~Booklist

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Sephy Darling knows how to take care of everyone but herself. As "the fat Darling sister," she's learned to be comfortable in the background. When a friend's happiness causes her to take a hard look at her own life, Sephy decides it's time for a big change. But transforming the outside turns out to involve more inward metamorphosis--and courage--than she ever bargained for.

 
There's no doubt that when it comes to launching Copper Cove's new community arts program, Amy Darling is the woman for the job. She may be young, but she has the creativity, drive, and vision to get it done right. Unfortunately, nobody else seems willing to work as hard as she does, and the contractor who's renovating the arts center won't cooperate at all. Meanwhile, a Darling family wedding will test everyone's ability to get along.
 
Move with the Darling sisters through heartbreak and triumph as each finds her own path into the freedom of being who God made her to be.
 
Pre-order Better All the Time right here, right now, and get it effortlessly delivered to your front doorstep on March 20th! Otherwise, you'll have to wait until April 1st to buy it at A Bookstore Near You. And face it, who knows what the weather is going to be like on April 1st? Or how you're going to feel on a Wednesday? No, better to pre-order now, and have it all read by the time it hits bookstores. Ahead of the game: that's what you'll be. Happy reading!
 
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I write from the big small town of Portland, Maine, where I’m the mom of 3 teenagers and 2 dogs I wish I didn’t own. (Only the dogs, not the teenagers.) The most interesting thing I’ve ever done is to live for a few years in Russia, studying the language and doing humanitarian work. I wish I remembered more Russian than I do.

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The Darlings are a warm, loud, slightly boundary-challenged family of 4 adult sisters and a brother. The first in a 3-part series, All Right Here, is about Ivy Darling and her husband Nick Mason, a couple with a crumbling marriage, who struggle with infertility.

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