Charlotte, an attorney, married Cabot Whittier knowing she could never be a true wife to her crippled, but brilliant lawyer husband. Cabot taught her everything he knew, had even taken her into his legal practice. She thought she had everything until his black sheep of a brother, Ash, came home to San Francisco.

Ash returns home needing a lawyer, and since Cabot is unavailable, Charlotte takes his case. Ash soon learns that his sister-in-law is a capable attorney, a beautiful woman, and that his brother treats her more like a business partner than a wife.

Charlotte has the freedom to take on cases of interest to her as well as those of the firm. A proud suffragette, she fights for women's rights through legal channels. When a doctor brings a battered child to their door, Charlotte takes young Davis in and battles to remove him from his abusive father.

Ash watches the dynamics between Cabot, Charlotte, Davis and his mother and decides to try to heal his brother's cold heart, but in attempting to bring Cabot love, he falls in love with Charlotte.

What might have been a traditional love triangle takes a new and surprising twist. Readers will find this emotionally moving, heartwarming story to contain deep social relevance for women of the '90s. Bravo to Ms. Mittman for writing such a special book. SWEET (Jan., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin