A PLACE CALLED HOME
Unlike her usual historicals, this book is both modern and urban. The plot springs from a premise that’s a little far-fetched, but the characters have depth and nuance, making this a very interesting read. Recommended for readers who like Luann Rice.
Thea and Mitch have been named joint guardians of their best friend’s three children. Both Thea and Mitch are unmarried but in relationships, and both are terrified of the responsibility that comes with parenthood. Mitch is outraged when Thea offers to help financially and give him sole custody. He has no way of knowing that Thea is not cold, but hiding a weakness that makes her doubt her ability to be a parent. Mitch himself feels completely inadequate for the task of instant fatherhood, especially to a grieving girl on the verge of adulthood. The two of them must stumble and struggle into the perfect solution — a new family of the five of them. (ZEBRA, Dec., 416 pp., $6.99)