I bought the novel Stillwater Creek just before a long-haul flight, and was utterly enthralled by it. Beautifully written, it's an engrossing read, with brilliant characterization and deep insights. The book is cleverly constructed around the lives of a number of very different individuals, and is based not only on dexterous plotting but also on insightful character development and subtle humor. The descriptive writing is deeply evocative, and the book would make a marvelous movie, as well as being a great read. It's one of those rare books that you can't stop reading, even though you don't want it to end.
The blurb on the back of the book states that Stillwater Creek is an unforgettable, heart-warming novel about love and loss, betrayal and hope, and they've got it right - I loved it.