Jillene McDermott's life seemed picture perfect. Married to her high school sweetheart, with two beautiful daughters and a new home and business, she had it all. Then her husband suddenly dies and she discovers that much of her life has been an illusion. Their business is struggling and Jillene finds herself selling off family assets just to keep their heads above water.

Jillene is more than ready to sacrifice her personal life for the well-being of her 10- and 12-year-old girls. She has no idea that her daughters have ideas of their own when it comes to their mom's love life. This includes writing a personal ad that winds up attracting all the wrong men.

Unbeknownst to her daughters, Cupid has plans of his own when Vince Tremonti, a famous mystery author, sidles into town. Rethinking the direction of his latest true crime novel, Vince comes home to visit his father. The last thing he needs is any complications in his life, and Jillene and her daughters are most definitely that.

With thoroughly delightful characters and a story rich in depth of plotting, Stef Ann Holm succeeds in delivering a sweeping tale for readers. The daughters are a meddling delight! (Oct., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson