Hush McGillen Thackery is the fifth woman of that name in her family line. The original Hush founded an apple farm in Chocinaw County, GA, and created a masterpiece she named the Sweet Hush apple.

Orphaned at an early age, Hush No. 5 had to gain custody of not only her younger brother, but also the family farm. As a pregnant teen, she married her high school love, Davey Thackery, but it's always been Hush who ran the family and business.

Now a young widow, Hush is content that her son, Davis, is attending Harvard. That is, until he frantically calls asking her to open up the property gate so he can outrun the SUVs on his tail. Hush is astounded to learn that her son is being chased by the Secret Service, for he's got his pregnant new bride in the car—Eddie Jacobs, the daughter of the President of the United States.

Eddie and Davis don't wish to return to Washington, D.C., where an irate First Lady awaits. Worried about their daughter, the President and his wife, Edwina, send their ex-special-services nephew, Nick Jackobek, to bring Eddie back. Nick has a formidable reputation; however Hush is not about to let anyone, including the First Lady, push either her or her son around.

It's a clash of the female titans as two mothers prepare to defend and/or manipulate their rebelling offspring. An utterly winning combination of romantic drama, dark family saga and humorous slice of life, SWEET HUSH is a book that should be on everyone's must-read list. (Feb., 336 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith