Ivy, May 2002, 6.99, 336 pp.
In high school in Baltimore, Angela DeNero dated Tony Stefano, but had a secret crush on John Franco (he became a lawyer not a pitcher). Surprisingly, John shared her feelings, but neither admitted the attraction probably more out of fear, but somewhat out of loyalty to Tony. Both goes on to college and law school, but during all that education, they never set eyes on one another.
Seeing each other years later, Angela and John are on opposite sides of a custody case. Angela represents the Gallaghers while John's clients are the Rothbergs. Legal and sexual sparks fly as Angela and John argues for their respective client. Besides not really wanting a relationship at this time, Angela is pregnant from the cheating boyfriend she just dumped. However, love is the supreme court of relationships so that the appeal between Angela and John makes for an open and shut case.
Millie Criswell's third Baltimore tale, THE TRIALS OF ANGELA, is a delightful contemporary filled with amusing family antics inside a warm romantic romp. The amusing story line is fun though the tons of humor takes away from some of the seriousness of the custody trial and the pregnancy yet leave the reader upbeat in a You Can't Take It With You theme. The cast engages the audience just as it did with THE TROUBLE WITH MARY and WHAT TO DO ABOUT ANNIE? and probably will with the next novel, MAD ABOUT MIA.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner