When handsome Jamie accidentally knocks Teri down in the train station, she ends up with torn pantyhose, a scabby knee and a new admirer—Jamie! The attraction is mutual, and they begin meeting before and after work for coffee and drinks.

Teri is furious when she finds out that Jamie is married with children, but instead of nipping their relationship in the bud, they continue to get to know each other. Jamie says his wife, Pamela, doesn't understand him, yet he's torn up about possibly breaking up their family. Pamela, meanwhile, knows something's up and tries to figure out how to hold on to her husband.

Told from various points of view, readers will likely find themselves unable to "choose sides." Matthews delivers a realistic and unflinching look at love, marriage and infidelity and still manages to inject some light humor. (Aug., 304 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Samantha J. Gust