Destroying the Chief of Police's mailbox is not the way to make a good first impression. Jillie MacAllister compounds the mistake by arguing with Chief Blaise Corrigan over the mystery dog that caused her to swerve and the beer smell that permeates her clothing. In response, Blaise promptly arrests Jillie for suspected drunken driving.

Having the Chief live next door turns out to be a mixed blessing, when out of the blue, Jillie's wealthy ex-husband and former mother-in-law arrive in town. Jillie's marriage with Fielding Wainwright was a disaster, so why does he want a reconciliation? Rover, the same mutt that caused Jillie to hit Blaise's mailbox, strikes again when he bites a hostile Fielding on the butt.

A vindictive Fielding tries to bribe the mayor into having Rover destroyed. Before she knows it, Jillie has been designated spokesperson for the Free Rover campaign. Unbeknownst to Blaise and Jillie, some well-meaning meddlers have decided to play matchmaker. Attempting to initiate a relationship in the midst of chaos and a determined ex-husband proves quite a challenging task. But with Rover's help, who knows what can be accomplished?

In need of an emotional lift? Then look no further than Sue Civil-Brown's funny and enchanting new book, LETTING LOOSE. This terrific reading experience is just what the doctor ordered! (Feb., 386 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith