Five Star, Jan 2005, 26.95, 251 pp.
Allie Tate is stunned when her spouse Rick turns angry because she wants to work part-time. Rick makes it clear no wife of his will work before he storms off to his office. Feeling bad, Allie goes to visit Rick at Tate's Kids preschool, which he owns, only to see him naked with his secretary. Rick blames her for showing up. Stunned Allie flees ending up with a broken down car and stuck at the Last Chance Bar with no money or credit in Rocky Butte, Colorado.
Veterinarian Sam Calvert takes a drunken Allie to his home. The next day he offers her a job assisting him, which she accepts. As Sam and Allie begin to fall in love, his fifteen year old daughter Tracy arrives from California for her annual summer visit. While Sam has relational troubles with his daughter, Allie knows she must tell her beloved that she is married; she fears his reaction because he strongly believes in honesty and divorced his first wife for cheating on him.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner