THE FIXER UPPER
Braced for the annual barrage of applications—and unwanted gifts—coming her way from anxious parents, admissions director Libby Kimmelman is unprepared for one thing: a student making a request for admission on his own behalf to the posh private school where she works. She has to meet this kid!
Sure enough, Eric is great—and so is his father. A widower who works in construction, hot Ned Donovan is just what Libby needs, if she could only relax and enjoy him. But does Ned's interest in her have anything to do with Eric's application? Libby's heart says no, but her battered self-esteem tells her she has to at least consider the possibility.
Arnold's storytelling gift is sterling, and this story is a treasure. All of the characters are wonderful, but ultimate fantasy man Ned stands out. Don't miss this book—or him! (Jul., 384 pp., $6.99)