Banks again wields her magic pen, transforming bad girl Delilah and handsome hero Ben into fully realized characters, with hopes, dreams and histories that have made them who they are.

Years ago, Delilah's evangelist father branded both her and her mother sinners. Delilah uses her racy reputation to keep men, and love, away. But when Ben moves into the condo next door, and someone leaves a baby in Delilah's care, her safe but isolated world is shaken to the core.

In Banks' capable hands, even the baby theme becomes fresh again. The truth is, there are only a handful of stories in the world. What makes or breaks a story is how you tell it. With humor and insight, this supreme storyteller cuts to the heart of her characters' fears and insecurities and makes us fall in love right along with them. (Nov., 320 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Cindy Harrison