Moving incessantly with everything she owns packed in an old car suits chef Lauren Jessup just fine. It's her son Billy who yearns for a home. So Lauren lingers a little longer than usual in tiny Bella Luna—long enough to get to know single dad Nick DiMartino and consider what's missing in her life.

But their timing is off. Nick is in a custody battle with his ex-wife and working hard to keep his carpentry business solvent. He isn't considering anything long-term either. But pulling up stakes is suddenly not as easy as it used to be when Lauren sees how close her son has become to Nick's boy, and she begins to develop ties of her own to the community—and especially to Nick.

Pink Moon is tender and funny, yet it has a rich vein of reality—both in setting and characterization—running through it. The inclusion of a sigh-inducing romance makes it virtually irresistible. (Oct., 384 pp.,$6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer