"Wow" is what you say when something makes you laugh, cry and tell your friends about it. This is a definite "wow" book. From the opening, the heroine grabs you and takes you along on her journey with her. The people in her life and her interactions with them range from hateful to loving, supportive to destructive, but each one is clear in the reader's mind. Readers will close this book fully satisfied -- and maybe wanting to read it again.
When she has to work with the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart and leave her husband at home with their very interested nanny, Venus' life becomes more soap opera-like than she ever imagined it could be. But she vows to live her life and be happy. (St. Martin's Griffin, Aug., 304 pp., $13.95)