Barbara Strickland has her hands full as a school principle, raising her young granddaughter and thwarting her drug-addicted daughter's attempts to gain custody of her child.

Ray Caldwell is still bitter years after his divorce to his social climbing wife. Now, marriage or a lasting relationship is far from his mind. Finally giving in to his mother's browbeating, he attends church one day and is in awe as soon as he meets Barbara.

After spending a virtual eternity advancing her career and raising her children, Barbara hasn't had a chance to be lonely, until she meets Ray Caldwell. Yet with all that's on her plate, can she handle a relationship right now?

Maintaining several subplots with ease, EVERYTHING IN IT'S PLACE is cleverly written with an intriguing epilogue. With suspense thrown in for good measure, it's an enjoyable story if you don't mind a moody heroine. (Aug., 296 pp., $13.00)

Reviewed by: 
T.L. Burton