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by Stephanie Mittman

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance

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Ministers wife Nan Springfield fears her marriage is on the rocks. Despite her best efforts, Nan can feel her husband Phil slipping away. Phil also seems to have little interest in their eight-year-old son Topher or their three foster children. One night, Nan and Phil are arguing when Phil receives a phone call telling him to listen to shock jock Harris Tweeds radio show. On it, Nan hears her husband accused of possible financial irregularities with the Old Deburle Churchs Scholarship Fund.

Panicked and angry, Phil races out of their home and is killed in a car accident. Harry Woolery, aka Harris Tweed, is horrified when he hears of Reverend Phil Springfields untimely death and of the financial burden now placed on his widow. While Harry is convinced that the Reverend was playing fast and loose with the money, he certainly never wished the man harm. When Harry catches a glimpse of Nan and the kids, he feels terribly guilty for their financial woes. Nan uses what life insurance money she receives to protect the scholarship fund started by her family. Unfortunately, that leaves her in a bind. The church needs the house for the new minister and Nan and the children have nowhere to go.

Using his alter ego Harris Tweed, Harry starts a public fund-raising campaign to help out the Springfield family. Meanwhile, he gets personally involved with the family as Harry Woolery. The more time Harry spends with Nan and her kids, the more he finds his heart is involved. But what will happen when Nan finds out about his Harris persona?

Award-winning historical author Stephanie Mittman proves that her storytelling magic translates easily into contemporary tales. Rich with emotion and complexity, HEAD OVER HEELS is a winner! (Jan., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Dell

Published: January 2000

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Head Over Hells

Submitted by Robin in PA on July 6, 2014 - 6:46pm.

Harry Woolery, AKA: Harris Tweed, is guilt-ridden over the accident that killed Reverend Phillip Springfield. Harry accused Springfield of stealing from his church during his late night radio talk show. When the Pastor left to confront Harry at his radio station, he was killed in a car wreck. Nan Springfield is grieving for her husband and trying to make ends meet. Nan is sorting out the financial mess her husband left behind while trying to retain custody of her foster children, but she won't accept the gifts that Harris Tweed keeps offering. When Harry shows up on her doorstep dressed as Santa Claus and introduces himself as Harry Woolery, Nan doesn't realize that he is also the much-hated Harris Tweed. Harry doesn't enlighten her and they end up becoming friends...and much more. But when his true identity comes to light, Nan is devastated and vows to sue Harry for everything he has.

Stephanie Mittman is a hit and miss author for me. This book falls somewhere in the middle. Even though the premise is ridiculous, I was entertained by the story and wanted to see what would happen. I thought dragging the secret of Harry's true identity until the middle of the book was a little too long, but that is when I started to lose interest. I know Nan would be upset by the revelation, but she was over-the-top in believing what everyone else had to say about Harry except the man himself. In my opinion Harry made up for his mistakes by all of the things he did to help Nan and the kids. He protected Nan and the kids from the truth about Phillip, even letting her bring a lawsuit against him when he could have cleared the whole thing up. That kind of ruined the whole story for me. My rating: 2.5 Stars.