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How best to describe
New York Times bestseller Brockway's leap from historicals into the contemporary genre? It's a little bit bitter, quite sweet, but mainly hilarious. This combination caper and comedy-of-errors story is just wacky enough to keep you giggling. Brava!

Despite claims to the contrary, rising media star Jenn Lind suspects that the inhabitants of Fawn Creek, Minn., are ruining her life. Years ago, as the new girl in town, Jenn tried to fit in, only to lose the Buttercup Pageant in what she felt was sabotage.

During that same pageant, celebrity artist Steve Jaax carved the "Buttercup Princesses" images in butter, when he was really hiding out from the law. Before being nabbed by the police, Steve hid a valuable key in Jenn's butter.

Now, 20 years later, the infamous butter head has resurfaced, and Jenn and Steve have been asked to be grand marshals of the town's quint-centennial. When the butter head is stolen and a ransom demanded, Jenn thinks the whole town has lost its mind. But, because she can't allow certain secrets from her past to surface, recovering that darn butter head may be her only option.

(SIGNET, Nov., 432 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith