In this sparkling, humorous look at love in the bright lights, Julia James writes bestselling self-help books for singles -- with titles like "Spaghetti and Meatball" and "Table for One" -- because she's one of them. And she's happy with her life. Then a photo op contrived by actor Lance Collins' agent turns her world from a suite at the Ritz into a trip to Tulsa, her hometown, with Lance in tow. After their pictures grace all the tabloids, her career soars, but he figures his chances as an actor are down the toilet.

The antics continue in Tulsa when Julia's family and friends add to the confusion -- especially eccentric Aunt Ro-Ro, the three Georgias and neighbor Crazy Myrtle. All fuel the fires that put the couple back on the covers of the tabloids.

Julia might be No. 1 on the bestseller list, but she has skeletons in her closet and wonders if Lance will give her the support she needs through her crisis and the strength to fight the mayhem around her. This delightful keeper teaches that solitaire is best as a game for two. (Dec., 264 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown