Maralys knows that trouble is brewing after receiving a phone call from her nephews Jimmy and Johnny that their mother, Maralys twin sister Marcia, has not picked them up after swim practice. At their house, Maralys discovers a note from Marcia, informing her husband James that she is leaving both him and the boys.

James Coxwells fast track career as a high-powered attorney has hit a speed bump when the man he thought was his father severs their relationship and fires him. Now his wife has bailed, leaving a huge financial mess and two very confused children. Despite vowing not to get sucked into the mess, Maralys finds herself unable to stay away. Playing happy homemaker is not a job Maralys aspires to or is cut out to handle, but somebody has to clean up this mess.

Filled with ironic humor and touching emotions, DOUBLE TROUBLE hits just the right note. Claire Cross outdoes herself with this warm, funny and touching book. (Nov., 352 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith