Leading country rock singer Jonathan Van Castle's ex-wife is responsible for their two children when Jon is on tour with his band. But when Jon takes the children while she's in rehab, he hears about the ill treatment and abuse their mother has been subjecting them to. To provide a better environment for his kids, Jon decides he must marry.

He chooses a marriage of convenience with widow Lilac Ryan, who is still grieving for her husband. Lil enters into the marriage to help out her financially strapped family and because she's drawn to Jon's kids.

She had no idea what she was getting herself into, however: the fishbowl of life with a celebrity—and a vindictive and hateful ex-wife.

SING ME HOME is a truly enjoyable story. Lil's family, warts and all, is one that many will find familiar. Jon's final acknowledgment of his own self-worth and that he's not responsible for others' failures is skillfully presented. The grief that Lil feels over the loss of her husband, though excessive, is believably portrayed. The unforgettable characters resonate long after the last page is turned. (Feb., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley