Avon, Oct 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
After only one hour on the job at a Manhattan realtor, Kansas transplant Lavender “Vinnie” Hart is fired. She is concerned because she needs the money to bankroll her twelve-year-old brother Adam's attendance at the exclusive, but expensive Gotham Young Scientist Academy.
Nicholas Wright mourns the loss of his seventy-five old madcap Aunt Edna who recently committed suicide her style when she learned her health was failing. Nicholas inherits her dog Daffodil, but needs a dog sitter. Though she has limited experience except for volunteer work and her comment on circus work is outrageous; Nicholas hires Vinnie after she gets Daffodil out of a pond. As Vinnie and Nicholas become acquainted through a matchmaking canine, they fall in love, but his squeeze Dana Dvorak has a plan to rid Nicholas of the dog and the Midwest intruder.
Readers will enjoy this amusing look at single life in Manhattan especially from the eyes of the transplanted Jayhawker. The story line contains a charming cast of characters except for dental drill Dana, who offers no competition except her body to the wholesome friendliness of Vinnie. However, the big scene-stealer is Daffodil whether she cons a biscuit or interrupts a kiss. Nicholas and Vinnie learn never costar with canines and children as they are too smart. Readers will take pleasure form this lighthearted romantic romp.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner