HarperCollins, Aug 2004. 24.95, 419 pp.
In Madison, Georgia, interior decorator Keeley Rae Murdock feels everything is perfect until she finds her fiancé Andrew Jackson “A.J.” Jernigan and her maid of honor Paige Plummer mating during the wedding rehearsal dinner. Keeley has a HISSY FIT that every local resident heard about, but especially comes to the attention of wealthy newcomer Will Mahoney.
Will decides that Keeley is perfect for restoring the dilapidated mansion he purchased that he plans to use to court the woman he desires that he has never met in person only on TV. Keeley prefers to reject Will as a client as it seems impossible to decorate a home with no idea of the benefactor of her work, but her ex and his banking family are trying to destroy her business so she accepts the assignment.
Southern small town secrets begin to surface including one involving Keeley's vanished mom. The story line offers an intriguing look at home furnishing mostly through the discerning eye of the heroine.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner