AFTER THE DAWN
This third entry in the Family Affair series is really a 2-for-1. Mother and son each find love when they least expect it — and both of them fight it, until they can’t deny the truth. It’s always a pleasure to watch love grow for those over the age of 50. Both heroines, though separated by age, grow by leaps and bounds in their confidence in themselves and their judgments.
The only reason Dillon Montgomery heads back to Elms Fork, Texas, is because his mother, Marlene, still lives there. As a single mother, she tolerated the rumors and gossip when Dillon was born, but she more than survived — she thrived. Dillon is a mechanical whiz, and his love for his mother is there for all to see. Samantha Collins is the granddaughter of the man who fired Dillon years ago. When he passes away, he leaves his company to both Dillon and Samantha. Dillon brings in Roman to audit the company books, and Roman becomes a fixture in Marlene’s life — whether she likes it or not. His persistence pays off, and that leaves it to Dillon to get his act together and realize that Samantha is his future. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jun., 320 pp., $14.99)