Sensible Chloe Sachs is the last member of her family anyone expected to be a runaway bride, but that is exactly what she is as this funny, engaging romance opens. When she winds up homeless and jobless, Chloe wonders whether she should have listened to that little voice in her head. Things take a turn for the better, however, when she moves into a family bungalow that's being renovated and comes across some mysterious love letters that raise questions about her family history. Her love life also improves when she spends time with the handsome vet who takes care of her dog, Jesse. Before long, Chloe sees that doing the unexpected can bring great rewards.

This book is both funny and poignant. Chloe is a very sympathetic heroine without being saintly. In addition, the supporting players, from her boozy mother to her deceptively benevolent grandmother to hunky and sensitive veterinarian Daniel, add humor and richness to the story. By the end of the book, the reader cannot help but wish for Chloe and Daniel and Jesse to live happily ever after in the beautifully renovated bungalow. (Mar., 352 pp., $13.00)
Reviewed by: 
Stephanie Schneider