Lucky Girl by Fiona Gibson Hodder, HK$105 Sometimes the hardest questions are those that children ask. Stella Moon discovers this when a single mother and her two boisterous daughters move in next door, immediately penetrating the cocoon of calm. 'Why do you live all by yourself?' begins one interrogation. 'Don't you get lonely?' Although Stella feels cornered in her own home by the irrepressible Midge and JoJo, they earn their welcome by making her feel wanted, an alien emotion since her boyfriend ditched her for another woman. Lucky Girl's plot also involves Stella's father, a former television chef fast becoming tabloid fodder now the timer has sounded on his career. Then there is the near stranger, Ed, who starts showing up uninvited. Like the girls, he demands more of Stella, who would otherwise be content with her non-threatening singleton's existence. Fiona Gibson, who has plumbed her experiences as a journalist and mother for three previous novels, succeeds in creating a protagonist hard not to like. Not only that, she's created a character readers will want to coax out of her shell.