CHERRY ON TOP

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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)

Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel