DO ME, DO MY ROOTS
Emily Simon recovers from the loss of her husband and faces the challenge of being a single mother. Standing behind her are her two sisters and her husband's best friend; in front of her, new escapades await. Then her father gets sick and life takes many interesting turns that none of the sisters thought they would ever have to deal with.
Rendahl's novel is an excellent, well-balanced book. The romance isn't overplayed, Emily doesn't lose herself, and the author explores family values as much as career ambition.
Emily's family is sweet, heartwarming and hilarious, and the characters jump off the page. This unique read makes a lasting impression. (Apr., 299 pp., $13.99)