Sent by the auction house she works for to southern Missouri to buy a pottery pig, Del Montgomery is not at all happy. Not only is she returning to the area where she grew up, but Sam Samson, the auctioneer she has helping her on her search, is not the potbellied oldster she was hoping for.

Sam is an extremely attractive man who realizes right off that Del is more than just a pig collector wishing to add to her collection, but he just can't quite figure out what. Falling in love with her really complicates things, especially after he discovers that the pig she is searching for could be the answer to both his and his cousin's financial woes -- if he could just find it first and sell it himself.

This is a charming romance with humor, convoluted family dynamics, secrets and warmth. The final outcome is surprising and leaves the reader with a comfortable sense that there really is good in most everyone. (May, 352 pp., $4.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley