Coerced into taking her sister's job as a nanny on a ranch for the summer, psychology professor and avowed non-cook Nancy Verano is in trouble from the start. Her new employer, Max Richter, has a deep mistrust of shrinks…and he expects her to feed as well as look after his children. Nancy's lack of culinary skill is soon forgiven, however, because she's good with the kids, the neighbors and nearly everything else that comes her way. Despite Max's gut feeling that something's amiss, and Nancy's guilt over keeping her identity from him, they are strongly drawn to each other. Can their fragile bond survive her deception? Jacqueline Diamond's HEAVEN SCENT (3) has a familiar premise, but its scattered gems of characterization and continuously amusing situations elevate it above the usual. (#078)

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer