Berkley, Jan 2003, 6.99, 320 pp.
In Bedford, Rhode Island, one year ago today, Annie Hunter's beloved husband Richard suddenly dies of a massive heart attack at forty-two years old. Though still grieving, Annie's interior decorator business remains a success though her personal life is a zilch.
Annie comes home from work only to see a young adolescent sleeping on her porch with her dog resting next to him. She calls the police who take Cullen Gallagher down to station, but not before he claims Annie is his mother and Richard his father. At the police station, Annie learns that Cullen lives at Noah House for Troubled Boys, managed by Linc McCoy. As Annie and Linc overcome their initial distrust of one another they work together to learn the truth behind Cullen's continual claim that Richard is his father. They fall in love with one another, but both believe that the other is wrong for them even if they work so well together.
Dee Holmes furbishes her fans with an exciting contemporary romance that will grab the heartstrings of the audience because of Cullen's need to belong to a family. Linc and Annie are a fine couple, but the tension between them changes rather quickly from suspicion of motive to that of love. Readers will receive plenty of pleasure from BOY ON THE PORCH, a wonderful character study that supports a tough love approach to the problems of youth.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner