Ballis’ latest is a touching story about moving on after losing a best friend. The delectable food descriptions will appeal to lovers of foodie fiction, but the stories of friendship and love will reach an even wider audience. Jenna is relatable, and her humorous situations help to bring levity to what could have been a heavy tale.

Jenna struggles to cope after Aimee, her best friend and business partner, dies young. At the reading of the will, Jenna discovers that she will inherit the one thing of Aimee’s that she absolutely didn’t want: financial custody of her bumbling husband, Wayne. Jenna never understood Wayne’s appeal to the elegant Aimee, but she sets about making Aimee proud. Jenna learns a great deal about Wayne, Aimee and even herself in the ensuing weeks. (BERKLEY, Dec., 432 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel