Michaela "Mike" Marconi is proud to be a plumber. Working with her sisters at her father's construction company, she takes time for only noncommittal romances. Then she meets Lucas Gallagher, a stuffed-shirt scientist who is building a house on the very land for which she herself had plans.

Sparks fly as Mike continues to make changes in Lucas' building plans. The obstacles to love are high as troubles emerge in both of their families. Lucas especially must come to terms with his past before he can share a future with Mike.

The second in the Marconi sisters trilogy, Mike's story starts out lighthearted and fun, with wonderfully snappy dialogue. As the story develops, however, the emotional level rises and it becomes a heart-wrenching, yet heartwarming, look at families torn apart and reshuffled to become stronger.

The glimpses of sister Jo's upcoming romance are well integrated into the tale. (Jan., 352 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley