Ballantine Books, Sep 2002, 6.99, 368 pp.
One day Grace Colebrook felt she owned the world, but that feeling ends rather quickly when she finds her fiancÚ sleeping with another woman just prior to the ceremony. On the professional front, a peer steals her work claiming it as his. When she publicly makes an accusation that she cannot prove her boss at Kendrick Toys fires her. Distraught over losing a job she loves, that night Grace ends up in the arms of her sexy neighbor whom she has never met. Jack Berenger and Grace share the best sex of their lives.
Jack kills himself working as a New York Emergency Room doctor with no interest outside of medicine. That changes after his encounter with Grace, who rejects his follow-up advances. Meanwhile, Grace agrees to become a foster mother to an orphaned relative Ruth. This proves as great a challenge as Jack's assault on her heart.
This is a very warm relationship drama that focuses on the need for loving relationships that most humans require to feel good about one's self. The deep characters make Linda Francis Lee's tale happen as the audience will feel for Grace (though why she was fired so readily seems like a bad business decision), root for Jack, but especially want Ruth to make it. This is a triumph for those fans that appreciate a wonderful family drama.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner