Fighting For Anna is a book full of surprises in a series you won’t be able to stop reading. I would suggest starting with Going For Kona. Either of these, or the third book in the series, Searching For Dime Box, can be read as a standalone, but it really is very enjoyable to know the back story of the characters. Going for Kona, the book before Fighting For Anna, gives an in-depth look at the main characters, particularly Michelle Hanson Lopez.
Fighting For Anna opens with Michelle trying to pick up the pieces of her life a year after the shock of losing her husband, while having just moved into a place her husband bought to surprise her and solving the murder of her neighbor, which the police are trying to blame on her. Michelle had met her new neighbor, an eccentric woman named Anna but called Gidget, not long before her death and had promised to write her memoirs. Included among Gidget’s papers was a reference to a love child she gave up for adoption many years earlier, who would be inheriting some of her art work, including an early Andy Warhol! If you’ve read any other books of PFH you will start to recognize who this might be.
You will find some of the characters in these books ties into some characters in the Maggie series. I love this about Pamela Fagan Hutchins books! Going For Kona, Fighting For Anna and Searching For Dime Box, is a trilogy within the larger series, What Doesn’t Kill You. The Maggie series also loosely ties into this. Once you start reading any of the series you will want to know more about each of the characters and become addicted to PFH books!