Told with Macomber's customary
authority and skill, this story will engage many with its well-rounded characters and flashes of humor. Unfortunately, Michael's not terribly sympathetic much of the time, and not even the frequent use of his first-person viewpoint changes that.
Eventually able to convince himself that Hannah's right, Michael approaches them in turn, seeing Winter and Leanne socially and hiring Macy to paint a mural in his office. Each has baggage, too -- and as much reason to avoid love as Michael has -- but only one has what it takes to steal his heart, if he can bring himself to give it up. (MIRA, May, 416 pp., $24.95)