CHERRY ON TOP
After being dumped at the altar by her fiancé and putting up with years of bizarre family problems, Cherry Harte's luck changes when she wins the lottery.
Now a multimillionaire, but still in search of respect, Cherry leaves her native New Jersey with plans to reinvent herself on the Florida coast. There she meets a hunky car mechanic who makes her heart race but whose lifestyle doesn't jibe with her new digs or snazzy wardrobe.
Luke Chance, an ex-journalist turned mechanic, smells a story the minute Cherry strides into his repair shop. Pretty soon, loan sharks and wacky ex-cons start turning up around town, and Cherry seems to be at the center of it despite her determination to hang out with the ultra-conservative "Women's League." Will love and truth prevail against all odds?
Long has crafted a smoothly written, enjoyable romance that, while simple, still offers a few plot twists. Likewise, the main characters are not complex, but are sympathetic, and the secondary players are offbeat enough to be interesting. (Nov., 352 pp., $5.99)