When Amanda Sheridan's husband has a cliched midlife crisis, complete with infantile new girlfriend, she discovers not just her love life but also her financial affairs in shambles. After 15 years as a stay-at-home mom, Amanda has few practical job skills, but cleaning has always been a therapeutic outlet for her.

With some help from her newfound friends -- Brooke, a neglected trophy wife, and Candace, a thrice-divorced sophisticate -- Amanda launches Maid for You. To save face in her wealthy enclave, she dons a disguise and masquerades as French maid Solange de Papillon, and when Brooke and Candace get into the act, things spiral out of control. Nevertheless, the trio soon learns that being single in suburbia doesn't have to mean being lonely.

Wax delivers a cute tale. The plot is a little over the top, and the characters aren't the most original, but there's enough warmth and liveliness to keep the story engaging. You'll root for this trio of oddball friends and enjoy their growth. (Jul., 367 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Tara Gelsomino