St. Martin's, May 2003, 5.99, 720 pp.
“Finding You”. Though Mama obviously loves her adult children, Carla Candellano wished she cared a little less as her mother constantly harasses her to get married to the point she even asks her if she is a lesbian. Carla does not need a man in her life at this time as she still struggles with the tragedy that happened two years ago during a search and rescue mission. Carla meets new neighbor six year old Reece Wyatt, who has remained mute since his mother died last year. The duo hits it off on some angst-laden connection that soon brings the child's father Jackson into Carla's life. Though love blossoms between the two Wyatts and the Castellano, is that enough to forge a permanent relationship when each has to overcome anguish from their pasts?
“Knowing You”. Carla's best friend Stevie Ryan has loved Carla's brother Nick forever. Though he likes her, the handsome Italian Stallion (though both are football stars, in this case Nick not the Crimson Tide's Johnny Musso) never returned the love except but treated her as if she was his little sister. However, recently Stevie finds herself dreaming of Nick's intellectual twin Paul and he seems eager to reciprocate. Will a shift in her affection lead to trouble between the siblings?
Both of these novels are engaging contemporary romances with a warm but a bit crazy ensemble that feels like the kitchen of many readers. The story lines will hook sub-genre readers because the characters seem genuine and friendly.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner