A SMALL CROWD OF STRANGERS: A Novel by Joanna Rose

How does a librarian from New Jersey end up in a convenience store on Vancouver Island in the middle of the night, playing Bible Scrabble with a Korean physicist and a drunk priest? She gets married to the wrong man for starters — she didn't know he was that kind of Catholic — and ends up in St Cloud MN. She gets a job in a New Age bookstore, wanders toward Buddhism without realizing it, and acquires a dog. Things get complicated after that. 

Pattianne Anthony is less a thinker than a dreamer, and she finds out the hard way that she doesn't want a husband at all, much less a baby, and that getting out of trouble is a lot harder than getting into it, especially when the landscape of the west becomes the voice of reason.