A light but rewarding read, Elinor Lipman again pens another novel of family, love and a clever plot with witty dialogue and a snappy pace. 

Faith Frankel has made a few mistakes. She’s known for being restless. But Faith thinks her life is on track at last. She leaves Brooklyn and returns to her hometown in Massachusetts to work at a low-stress job and buy a dilapidated little home on Turpentine Lane. At 32, she is engaged and happy with her career. She tells herself it’ll be a peaceful life back with family in a town where suburban life reins. 

Her fiance, however, is “seeking enlightenment” on a cross-country trek and will barely return her calls despite being all over social media, her hyper new boss accuses her of mishandling funds, her father is philandering all over town and her mother starts to suffocate her. 

When Faith finds something strange in the attic of her new house, an entertaining series of events of trying to solve the mystery ensues amid the family drama. 

“On Turpentine Lane” is a romantic comedy with entertaining and fleshed-out characters that jump off the page. It’s small town life at its finest, and one many will relate to with the humor and heart. Lipman’s writing is sharp and polished. 

“What possessed me? If I hadn't been naïve and recklessly trusting, would I ever have purchased number 10 Turpentine Lane, a chronic headache masquerading as a charming bungalow. ‘Best value in town,’ said the ad, which was true, if judging by the price tag alone.”