THE NINE MONTH PLAN
Nina has dreamed her whole life of leaving Queens and traveling the world, and next year she'll finally be able to do it. Before she leaves, though, she wants to return a huge favor to her good friend and neighbor, Joey. He wants to be a father, so she agrees to have his baby. But having raised her siblings after her mother died, Nina doesn't want to be anything more than a surrogate. Plans change, however, and Nina learns that sometimes dreams can come true in your own backyard.
THE NINE MONTH PLAN is a wonderfully touching romance with a good sense of humor. The struggle the heroine faces on her journey to discovering what she really wants is done superbly. I look forward to this author's next book about Nina's brother. (Aug., 416 pp., $5.99)