Mira, Oct 2002, 6.50, 384 pp.
In Blue Heron Beach, Jillene McDermott worries about the future ever since her husband David suddenly died. David had taken care of the finances, but until his death Jillene had no idea how near fiscal meltdown their coffee shop Java the Hut is near. With two preadolescents to raise alone Jillene has no time for a personal life as her thirty-six hour days are consumed with her daughters and the shop.
However, Claire and Faye love their mother and fret over how alone she is. They decide she needs a boyfriend to lighten her life so they write a personal ad in absentia for Jillene. Suddenly men enter their lives, of which all are no good for mom except true crime writer Vince Tremonti. Though attracted to Jillene, Vince is in town to see his father not to make a commitment even if he cannot resist the lure of the three McDermott females.
There must be a googol of novels and movies (Parent Trap) based on the matchmaking machinations of children seeking a mate for their parent yet Stef Ann Holm keeps her contemporary tale fresh through strong lead characters. Though the two kids are typical of the theme as precocious yet almost adult like meddlers, the audience receives a wonderful second chance at love prime plot supported by the antics of the secondary characters (his father and her daughters). Fans of current day relationships dramas with a touch of humor, a bit of poignancy, and a lot of fun will delight in GIRLS NIGHT especially served with popcorn.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner