Loretta D'Angelo is living the good life. Working as a producer for a daytime talk show and living in Manhattan, she's truly happy. Of course, she's just turned 29, her family is desperate to see her married, a drop in ratings could mean she'll lose her job and she's just met a man on a train she can't stop thinking about.

Josh Kaplan's life is about routine. An attorney for people in need, he plays chess weekly at a senior center and is carrying on a long-distance relationship. When he's handed a business card on a train by a woman who says he belongs on television, thoughts of Loretta quickly fill his days.

The two quickly strike up a friendship. Josh helps Loretta by posing as a blind date on the show, goes to a family barbeque to keep her family from fixing her up and the two enjoy each other's company. But staying friends isn't so easy.

This delightful romp is a perfect summer read. Light and fun with well-crafted characters and enticing banter, the pages fly by to the thoroughly satisfying finish. (Aug., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson