Monique Oliver has had many failed relationships. At 40, she's alone and, due to downsizing, has lost her paralegal job. Monique decides to take a sabbatical from dating and help her aunt and uncle at their bed-and-breakfast.

She changes her mind when she meets Russell "Mac" McDonald, a guest at the B&B. Mac seems like the ideal man, yet he acts totally uninterested. However, he soon realizes that Monique is a woman he'd like to get to know much better. As they spend time together, hope begins to shine for the two of them.

STRAIGHT TO THE HEART is delightful, made more enjoyable with short, titled chapters. Each title cleverly gives us a hint of what's to come. This tender love story is well told, fast-paced and filled with strong family values. (Jan., 280 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Robin Taylor