In agreeing to baby-sit for her recently widowed neighbor's child, divorced country songwriter Regina Lovejoy gets way more than she bargains for. The child's father, Thomas Simmons, a college basketball coach, soon becomes a fixture in Regina's life. Though he thought he'd never find love again after the death of his wife, Thomas finds that with Regina he's willing to risk his heart for another chance at love.

While Thomas and Regina don't always see eye to eye on every issue, opposites certainly do attract. But a potential relationship could hinder the comfortable friendship they've both relished in the past.

Townsend has spun a phenomenal debut novel. Her fully developed characters, and the humor throughout, help the story flow smoothly, as Regina and Thomas struggle with their inner demons. This is one novel readers will be sad to see end. (Feb., 383 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
T.L. Burton