Jackie Delham isn't your typical teenager. Since the loss of her mother, she's stepped up to become an adult in children's clothing and has devoted herself to taking over the household for her beloved father. But when a new woman in town sets her cap for Jackie's father, Bobby, their close-knit relationship begins to unravel.

Katherine King, determined to win Bobby's heart, recognizes she must first win the trust of the "woman" of the house. She has just the thing to get Jackie's mind off her and Bobby's growing relationship. What will it take for Jackie to successfully keep Katherine from stepping foot inside their well-ordered home and shattering the precarious line they each walk? What will happen when she learns the truth about her parents?

This last book in a series effectively captures the heart, soul and passion of a 16-year-old girl's growing pains. It's finely tuned like a seasoned orchestra—or a popular boy band—to play out blossoming young love and heartache. Jackie's story will bring back many teenage angst-ridden memories. Keep the tissues handy. Readers will be sorry to see this series end. I know I am. (Mar., 353 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston