Tallulah West's relationship with her renowned industrial designer father went downhill after her mother died and he only waited 26 days before going on a date with his future wife. Betrayed, Tallulah lashes out at her father by neglecting her own design career and working instead as another designer's personal assistant.
Her best friend Nick encourages her to ask dear old dad for a loan to start her own business, but she can't bring herself to do it. She just has too many issues with him. However, Tallulah's life and relationships change in many surprising ways when she loses her job as part of a cost-cutting measure and learns that her mother left her a plot of land in North Carolina. (She's positively giddy to be a landowner!)
Although the subplot featuring Tallulah's friend Hannah is distracting and largely unnecessary, this entertaining novel tackles strained family relationships, work woes and the timeless malefemale "just friends" quandary. (Jan., 304 pp., $12.95)