Mira, Mar 2002, 6.50, 400 pp.
In Trinity Harbor, Virginia Jenna Kennedy, the daughter in Pennington and Sons, desperately needs the waterfront renovation contract. She obsessively thirsts to prove to her chauvinistic family that she is not a loser who messes up everything. That is why she told no one about her scheme to place a carousal horse on the lawn of the homeowner who also owns the waterfront property.
Gourmet chef Bobby Spencer wants nothing to do with the gorgeous single mother who demands he contract with her to renovate his waterfront property. However, when someone steals the antique horse Bobby cannot resist her vulnerability. He helps a disconsolate Jenna find the horse before her family accuses her of another reckless screw-up. As they search together, they begin to fall in love, but both have been burned once and so are twice as shy when it comes to relationships.
ASK ANYONE who enjoys amusing contemporary romances as to who is worth reading and Sherryl Woods will appear on most lists. The return of characters from ABOUT THAT MAN adds depth so that the audience better understands the lead couple, especially Bobby. He struggles with his feelings for supermom-business mogul wannabe Jenna, a person that would search the Afghanistan caves for Bin Laden if given the assignment. This is an admirable trait yet at times irritate the audience. Still Ms. Woods provides a very amusing return to Trinity Bay that will leave fans anxiously awaiting the future tale of Bobby's older brother.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner