After being virtually left at the altar by a seemingly nice guy, Maggie Forsythe expects her friends to interfere. But that doesn't keep her from giving in to their well-meaning blackmail and returning home to lend her carpentry skills to a home being built for a needy family. Meeting the foreman, Josh Parker, is unexpected and unwelcome, and their chemistry is undeniable. Josh has no intention of settling down anytime soon, and neither does Maggie, but she has to admit that having him around does have its good points.

The spirited byplay between willful Maggie and often-cranky Josh is probably worth the cover price all by itself. But this book also has a solid plot, some profound observations about life and interesting secondary characters. (Dec., 400 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer