Arana explores some interesting themes in this family saga. Unfortunately, the novel suffers from
an unsympathetic, immature main
character. Her inability to see beyond herself is grating, and her awareness of this trait comes far too late to make a difference. Tidbits about her writing career give the reader an intriguing insider's look into the industry.

Leigh Scott, a single mother, cares deeply for her son Jeff, a 21-year-old college student. Jeff is close to finishing his education and getting a job, and Leigh doesn't want anything to stand in his way -- especially not Jessica, the woman who's caught Jeff's eye. Jessica has a shady past and isn't doing too well supporting herself. If Leigh could only find a way to steer him away from her and back onto what is really important. What's a mother to do? (REVELL, Jun., 368 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel