b>THE FAMILY THEY CHOSE (2) by Nancy Robards Thompson: It's Christmas, and Olivia Armstrong Mallory is looking forward to a reunion with her husband, Senator Jamison Mallory. But even after more than two months apart, nothing has changed. Olivia's convinced having a child will save their marriage, but Jamison doesn't agree. This time, however, the in-vitro fertilization works. It doesn't heal her relationship with Jamison, but it's a first step toward the future they both want. Thompson's core conflict is strong and realistic, but Olivia comes across as neurotic rather than nurturing, and Jamison's not terribly likable either. For fans only.