by Clay Carmichael
This is the story of learning to trust and finding your family. Zoe is an orphan who basically raised herself, even before her mother died. She's sent to live with Uncle Henry, who is a famous heart surgeon turned withdrawn sculptor. He tries to relate to Zoe, but his moods can't always be relied on. Zoe tries to make friends with a stray cat who roams near the house, but Mr. C'mere, as she calls him, has his own issues with people. Eventually, Zoe, Henry, and various friends and neighbors from their small North Carolina town come together and form their own circle of people to rely on, all well-drawn and interesting characters you'll wish you could sit down for dinner with.