Baer has found her niche in the sweet romance market. Norah juggles the interest of three different men with sometimes hilarious consequences. Her band of animals is endearing and adds the perfect balance to the more serious plotlines. The writing is occasionally repetitive, especially Norah's constant comparison of her clothing choices to her best friend's style. And Norah is smart, she but tends to be naïve and demonstrates poor judgment around men.
Add an elderly shop owner who is relying on Norah more and more and a rash of recent vandalism, and Norah's hands are full. Can she learn to let God take control? (STEEPLE HILL CAFe, Sep., 368 pp., $13.95)