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In dire need of cash following the death of her mother, Samantha Jones borrowed money from loan shark Johnnie Russo for funeral costs. Working two jobs and living in her car, she doggedly tries to pay off her debt.

After falling asleep in the back of Mr. Antonios Mens Store, an exhausted Samantha loses yet another job. Even so, she delivers a tux to millionaire rancher Jack Remington, hoping for a big tip.

Jack intends to bring his girlfriend and potential fiancie Arabella to his sisters engagement party, but Arabella breaks up with him just before the event. Jack propositions a startled Samantha, asking her to pose as his fiancie.

Seeing a way to make money, she agrees, but events force them to continue their charade past one evening. The appearance of Jacks estranged 16-year-old son only makes matters more complicated, but Jack finds that Samantha is becoming a vital cog in the machinery of his life.

WIFE FOR A DAY is funny, poignant and charming. Patti Berg is an exceptional voice in the field of romantic fiction today. (Sep., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith