Six years ago, Dana panicked on her wedding day and left Nick Maybe at the altar. Unknown to her, her mother, Babs, has kept in touch with Nick.

While swallowing her pride and asking Babs for financial help to keep her inherited family winery solvent, Dana is very surprised to run into Nick in her mother's apartment. And when the favor Nick has promised to do for Babs goes awry and places Babs in danger, it's Dana and Nick to the rescue. They soon become involved with a rare bird worth about $250,000, a bird thief who wants this one last take so he can retire and a conservationist who will go to extreme—and illegal—lengths to get a hold of the bird.

Maybe Baby is a lighthearted romp that gets a bit convoluted but has everything coming out right in the end. It's not slapstick, but there are some pleasant laugh-out-loud moments, along with warmly affectionate ones. There are just enough characters to lend veracity to the story without losing the reader along the way. (Jun., 304 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley