Teaching is Lily Robinson's life. She's attached to "her" kids, but that's as close as she gets to anyone other than best friend Crystal. When Crystal and ex-husband Derek are killed in a car wreck, Lily is devastated—and ill-prepared to keep her recent promise to care for Crystal's three children should such a thing occur.

But Lily can't step aside, even when guardianship falls to Derek's half-brother, Sean Maguire, a disgraced golf pro. Put off at first, Sean soon regards Lily as a godsend—particularly when she supports his unexpected opportunity to redeem himself. Neither expects to fall in love…

Wiggs doesn't flinch from detailing the difficult emotions of her characters, yet she never allows things to get maudlin. Keep tissues handy, but be equally ready to smile at the many touches of sweet, subtle humor. (Apr., 400 pp., $19.95)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer