Mia Appleby left behind the single-wide trailer she grew up in with her mom and older sister and now has a job she loves and a condo in Los Angeles with more room than she needs. Her life is just as she wants it, with no personal attachments and few friends.

Then she sleeps with hunky new neighbor Kevin McKnight, and Hope, the 16-year-old niece she's never met, shows up on her doorstep. Suddenly, Mia is turning to Kevin for comfort as her niece, who wants to be just like her, turns her life inside out. To add fuel to the fire, someone at her workplace is out to get her. Somehow, she has to find a way to get things back on track before her perfect life disappears.

This is a delightful romance with humor, angst and serious issues. All of the characters are enjoyable, and the way they change and mature gives this story depth. By the end, you'll feel as if you know them all intimately. (Dec., 320 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley