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A Place Called Home

Zebra: Kensington. Dec. 2011. c.416p. ISBN 9780821774182. pap. $6.99. CONTEMPORARY
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OrangeReviewStarCaught off guard when they become joint guardians of three children after the parents, their dear friends, are killed in an accident, businesswoman Thea Wyndham and political cartoonist Mitchell Baker struggle with their grief, their situation, and their difficult significant others. They realize that neither is prepared to become a parent—and certainly not alone. But the children need them, and as they work to solve their separate dilemmas, Thea and Mitch discover that they need each other, as well.
VERDICT Realistic, romantic, and infused with plenty of humor, this brilliantly executed, fearlessly sensual first contemporary title from an author who has made her name in historicals is a stunning success. While this reviewer wouldn't want to see Goodman neglect the historical arena, another modern-day winner like this heartwarming novel would be more than welcome. Goodman (Kissing Comfort) lives in West Virginia.

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