Over several years, four college friends pool all their resources into manufacturing the perfect insole for running shoes. But no buyers are interested in the product and the money runs out.

Paris Jackson sees her dream flying out the window, until the ex-husband who deserted her years before walks in with ready cash and opens up a can of worms in this delightful take on life, love and family values.

Things really heat up as Paris juggles longtime friend Will, new boss Thad and newly arrived ex Greg. But her work ethic and desire to succeed see her through her confusion. Her core group of friends and Greg show her which bonds are important.

Strong secondary characters add to the laughs and provide poignant moments in this fine rendering of the quest for success. (Sep., 336 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown