Strohmeyer takes a
break from her Bubbles Yablonsky novels to provide readers with an engaging new heroine. Genie Michaels is a fabulous protagonist, a woman who fakes her own engagement to follow her dreams of marriage in this uniquely comical yet believable novel.

Bostonian Genie Michaels is thrilled when she believes that her boyfriend, novelist Hugh Spencer, proposed marriage to her on national television. But when she discovers that he has actually proposed to another woman, she is mortified. With the aid of her friend Patty, Genie perpetuates the myth that she is actually engaged to Hugh and discovers what it is really like to live the dream of her forthcoming marriage, finally gaining the complete acceptance of her family. But her dream begins to crumble when Hugh discovers her deception, and she comes to realize that being dumped by Hugh may not have been the worst thing to ever happen to her. She meets Nick, a sexy carpenter and may even discover what true love is really about. (Dutton, Jun., 336 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick