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This reprint of Trouble in Paradise, originally published in the early 1980s, will remind readers that many women still struggle with the unique challenges of blended families. Susan’s determination in the face of the chaos of her new husband’s family is inspiring. Her struggle to find a balance between her new roles as super-mom and wife, while still remaining sane, will be familiar to anyone with children. However, a lot of readers may become frustrated with the characters' mindset that the man's role is working and the women is meant to keep house. Susan spends much of her time worrying that she is not being a perfect mother while Griff is absent for most of the transition period with his children. Nonetheless, this is a sweet, heartwarming story that will leave readers smiling.

After a whirlwind romance and quick marriage, Susan faces the challenges of trying to find a place in the lives of her new husband’s children from his first previous marriage. Although husband Griff does his best to help out, he is frequently away on business. Rebellious Tom, at eighteen, is the least of Susan’s troubles. She must also navigate a relationship with the resentful young teen Barbara and the loving Tiger, who is a ten-year-old rambunctious handful. Add in a bitter ex-wife, and Susan’s marriage seems to be a recipe for disaster. Did she marry in haste to repent at leisure? (Carina Press, Dec., $4.99)

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Reviewed by: 
Kate Girard