Ali Kingston is a typical married mother of three: she works, feeds her family, tends to her house and keeps her husband reasonably happy. Her life is turned upside-down when she meets a much younger street artist named Christian who draws her portrait. He is besotted with her, and while she's flattered, she can't pursue a relationship with him. But how long can she resist his attentions?

Ali's minor indiscretion with Christian fractures her marriage, and it looks like her life will never be the same. Her husband's brother and Ali's sister are great supporting characters, and you'll feel for Ali and her family as their lives spiral out of control. Note that Matthews uses both first- and third-person POV, which takes some getting used to. (Aug., 400 pp., $13.95)

Reviewed by: 
Samantha J. Gust