Mary Ellen Black has lost her husband, her SUV and her home, but she has her maiden name back, her two girls and a place to live with her parents and grandmother in the house where she grew up. Ryan O'Brian helps her find a job she's good at, but is that all he's helping her with? She just has to figure out who she is now and what she really needs and wants. Taking Back Mary Ellen Black (4.5) by Lisa Childs is vividly set in a working-class neighborhood with sympathetic characters who provide humor and warmth. Strong growth, not just in the heroine's life but also in her view of the people she's known forever, adds depth to the story. The hero is great, as is the growing relationship between them.
Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor