"Single mom seeks emotional fulfillment and hot sex" is fast becoming the cliché of the modern chick-lit romance, and heroine Kennedy Burns fits the bill. Her journey is rocky, witty and anything but typical, as she finds herself wondering if one ever really does leave the past behind in this modern take on happily-ever-after.

Kennedy's suburban life is turned upside down. Her lawyer husband leaves her for another woman, and she finds a new career as a yoga instructor. Her teenage daughter, meanwhile, is searching for her deadbeat biological dad and sneaking out to have sex. Kennedy is now dealing with a not-quite-ex husband, a downsized lifestyle, adolescent angst, a newfound career and her own emotional trauma—how could romance fit in? But when old friend and former boss Declan McGlynn reappears, she soon discovers that life really is what happens while you're busy making other plans. (Mar., 320 pp., $12.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jen Exum