Former teen heartthrob Noah Patrick has hit rock bottom. Over the years his drinking problem caused him to lose his money, career and family. Although he's been sober for two years, Noah is contemplating ending it all. Then his old agent, Vivienne Varner, appears with an offer. Vivienne's hardball approach is coming back to haunt her, so she wants to rehabilitate Noah to prove her humanity. Despite knowing that Vivienne probably has another agenda, Noah cheerfully signs on.

Vivienne's daughter Lindsay left Hollywood years ago. She'd been Noah's co-star in the TV show "Betwixt and Be Teen." When Vivienne went to Hollywood with Lindsey, she abandoned her other daughter, Jolie—something Jolie never forgave or forgot. Now the owner of the Belle Coeur Playhouse, Jolie is producing the play Vivienne wants to use to reunite Noah and Lindsay onstage, hoping to capitalize on nostalgia. With Vivienne and Jolie both scheming and plotting, things are bound to get complicated.

Lindsay and Noah are two fascinating and captivating characters. Redemption and second chances play a crucial role in this utterly warm, funny and incredibly tender book. Michaels is a storytelling force to be reckoned with. (Oct., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith