Well-rounded characters are the strongest aspect of this amusing, slightly glitzy, yet sometimes very touching story. Woods spins an engaging yarn, and this one's no exception.

Twenty years after giving up her independence to raise her three orphaned nephews, Destiny Carlton is ready for a change. The boys are now all successful, happily married men, so her work as a mother is done—but the family business is under siege.

Destiny's former lover, William Harcourt, is challenging its European division on many fronts, so she takes him on, unaware that he'd hoped to lure her back to England. Even though she's never forgotten William, Destiny isn't in any rush to rekindle the flame, in part because of her family's disapproval.

(Jun., 400 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer