Honey Shugart believes in Al-Anon and angels; they've armored her through marriage to an alcoholic and then years of widowhood. Now, Sunday church, Monday bingo, Tuesday nursing-home visits--her life is as neatly patterned as the quilts she sews on Fridays. Then her sister's sudden death forces her to decide between money and family tradition and to acknowledge her attraction to a retired lawyer who has moved into her rural Alabama community. Nothing decrepit about these old folks; the characters are lively and funny. Covington's first novel was Gathering Home ( LJ 11/15/88). Give this one to your readers who enjoyed Olive A. Burns's Cold Sassy Tree ( LJ 10/15/84) and Clyde Edgerton's Walking Across Egypt ( LJ 3/15/87).-- Maurice Taylor, Bruns wick Cty. Lib., Southport, N.C.