THE DADDY'S PROMISE
Romantic comedy has a rising star in Shirley Jump. In The Daddy's Promise (4.5), pregnant Anita has just moved to small-town Mercy, Indiana. Her only friend, ex-boss Luke, is regrouping after a business failure and his wife's death. Anita adorably defies convention in several fresh and interesting ways, and Luke has a few surprises of his own. Jump winningly conveys their chemistry, and her deft touch with humor shines through. In the end, this is a smart, satisfying book about family, the one you're born into and the one you make for yourself.