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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (577 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kaya McLaren Narrator: Tanya Eby Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781469220253
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Jill Anthony spent her youth in the ski town of Sparkle, Colorado, but more than a decade has passed since she left. Then a devastating tragedy, coupled with the worst kind of betrayal, makes her want to run away, but 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.”

Cassie 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 that you won’t soon forget.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling read for anyone who enjoys Luanne Rice, Sarah Addison Allen, or Jacquelyn Mitchard.”


  • How I Came to Sparkle Again is a gem of a novel. I loved the fresh setting and quirky, endearing cast of characters. This novel is like a perfect run down a black diamond slope—fun and fast-moving and invigorating.”

    Kristin Hannah, author of Home Front and Fly Away

  • “McLaren’s intimate portrait of a seasonal town and its colorful characters makes for an entertaining ride.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Quick with the quips and repartee, the dialogue is a pleasure to read, as McLaren shows her readers how even the brokenhearted can get their sparkle back.”

    Seattle Times

  • Selected for the October 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristina | 2/18/2014

    " I came across this book in the store and rread the little insert about the story. I had to buy it! I took it homew and in less than two days finished the novel. It by far rates as one of my favorite books of all time. The characters were amazing and felt so real I could reach out and grab them. I felt myself rooting for the characters throughout the whole book. The way Kaya described the scenic views made me feel like I was standing there next to her characters experiencing it right with them. I found myself unable to put the book down and when I did all I wanted to do was go grab it again. After all this excitement I am planning to read her other two books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/28/2014

    " 4.5 Stars... I really enjoyed this book and will be reading other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/3/2014

    " I won this book and I was so glad that I was given the chance to be a first reader! It was a wonderful book that made me both cry and laugh out loud! I finished it in less than 24 hours, I couldn't put it down! I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an entertaining and fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 12/9/2013

    " I wasn't sure of what I thought of this book at first, but after the half-way point I was hooked. The title ties the whole book together in a fantastic way. I really enjoyed being transported to the slopes of Colorado mountains during the winter and the relaxing atmosphere that the author created. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 12/8/2013

    " I received an ARC through Cravebox. Not knowing anything about the book or author, I was delightfully pleased. It was a quick, easy read. I loved the Kennel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jalynn Patterson | 11/27/2013

    " An amazing book. A real eye opener. Thank you for the giveaway! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenette | 10/12/2013

    " What a good read! The characters were easy to get acquainted with and were fun. I really, really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 + Dragonfly+ | 9/1/2013

    " A first reads win for me, Thanks! In the first few pages we get a glance into Kaya's life. The heart break of loosing her baby and the betrayal of her husband all life changing. So we are with her as she goes back to Sparkle! Really enjoyed the read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 1/31/2013

    " Amazing!!! Loved it!!! My Mom died of breast cancer a year before I met my firefighter husband, so I could relate to many themes in this book. Such a tasteful and well written story! I'm off to Amazon to buy more from this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/10/2012

    " Sparkle, Colorado, is where Jill spent her teenage years, and it's where she runs to when things go bad in her current life in Texas. She becomes reacquainted with old friends, makes new ones, and tries to sort through the mess her life has become. "

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About the Author
Author Kaya McLaren

Kaya McLaren spent four summers in college working at Camp Zanika on Lake Wenatchee in Washington State, and fifteen years later returned to run the teen programs for two more. In addition to her camp experience, she’s been an elementary teacher, an art teacher, an archaeologist, and a massage therapist. Although her roots are in Washington, she currently resides wherever the wind takes her.

About the Narrator

Tanya Eby is a narrator and novelist who has narrated more than fifty New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, earning two AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has a BA in English language and literature from Grand Valley State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her children.