Ms. Matlock masterfully takes readers into a world full of quirky characters and small town simplicity where they will wish they can stay.

Marilee James' life revolves around caring for others. With a developmentally delayed eight-year-old son needing constant attention and a niece who's been left to her care, Marilee doesn't have the time or inclination to worry about her own problems.

Tate Holloway is ecstatic to move to this small town and take over its newspaper. His quirky outlook and zest for life (and iced tea) shake things up for all those around him and Marilee is directly in his path. Even when he discovers that she is engaged, Tate still seems intent on being in her life.

(Aug., 448 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson