It appears that some readers continue to expect each book in the series to maintain the "hook" of the first book in the series. They may well have a valid point but I wanted differences in the lives of these great characters. To that end, the author has delivered. The author is not writing a linear serial story. She has written a thoughtful series where she takes the time to pause the primary theme whilst exploring characters and their story in a separate and meaningful manner. In order to fully grasp the substance of this series, you need to keep your thoughts on the whole as you read the parts. Drifter, here I come. I am skipping Purgatory Cove because it is just too expensive for a short story.