TWO OF A KIND
Honest and engrossing, this novel explores the intricacies of unexpected attraction, falling in love after losing a spouse and combining two resistant families. The characters are complex and captivating, adding depth to an already engaging plot, which culminates in a surprising twist.
In the decade since she lost her husband, Christina Connelly has found happiness raising her daughter and managing her small decorating business. But regardless of this happiness, Christina has yet to feel that spark again, and the last person she expects to feel it with is the off-putting and somewhat egotistical Dr. Andy Stern. After a difficult first encounter, Christina and Andy’s lives come together when she agrees to redecorate his home and an unexpected love blossoms. As their relationship progresses, challenges arise despite their strong attraction: first in bringing together their opinionated teenagers and finally in putting aside their pride and allowing their love to grow. (NAL, Sep., 448 pp., $15.00)