Slimy James Darwood disappears after stealing $35 million from the Lambert Bank and Trust Co. and framing patriarch Del Lambert, forcing Del and his wife to stay out of the country. This means their teenage daughters Dory and Jill, along with Aunt Margaret "Ping" Lambert, must find a way to save Outlook, the family mansion.

Successful architect Chase McKay fled Outlook years ago when he and Jill were caught making out. Having had a major crush on Chase as a girl, Dory has mixed feelings about his return 10 years later. And when Chase again becomes obsessed with Jill, Dory's heart takes a pounding. But relationship foibles—and Chase's engagement to the wrong sister—are the least of their concerns when news of James' whereabouts suddenly surfaces.

Emotions are often unpredictable, and matters of the heart rarely make sense. Michaels uses her special combination of warmth and outrageous humor to great effect in this offbeat tale. (Feb., 404 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith