FEELS LIKE FAMILY
Woods winds up her Sweet Magnolias trilogy with a terrific effort. Helen and Erik are very well matched, and their banter is often hilarious. But there's also a serious underpinning to the story that's quite appealing -- and
readers will enjoy Erik, a hunk
who cooks. Yummy!
The only question is, who's going to be the lucky father? There's no denying the electricity between her and pastry chef Erik Whitney, but a painful event in his past takes him out of the running. Or does it? Helen's not above a little deception -- but that's before she falls in love. (MIRA, Apr., 400 pp., $6.99)