Review by Darcey Pickett
Can love, like lightning, strike twice? It doesn’t seem likely when we meet Christina and Andy. Christina thinks Andy is rude and dismissive, Andy thinks Christina is reserved and cold. However, when offered a chance at a job decorating Andy’s apartment, she knows she cannot refuse.
Andy is a very handsome, successful OB/Gyn doctor whose patient list is like the who’s who of the New York City elite. He is in high demand, his business is growing. He is so focused on the business and grieving the death of his wife, that he doesn’t realize his teenage son, Oliver, is growing more withdrawn. Oliver misses his mother and just wants his father’s love.
Christina is a devoted mother and owner of her own interior decorating business. She is the mother to Jordan, an aspiring ballerina. Christina’s business is struggling and she is staring down the barrel of having to make changes to provide for her family. She too has lost a spouse, and hasn’t had much luck find “Mr. Right”. Jordan wants nothing more than to be a ballerina and to make her deceased father proud of her; she is focuses solely on improving her dance, no matter the cost.
Fate brings these two families together, but there are plenty of forces trying to tear them apart. Is there really a happily ever after in store for this unlikely couple?
Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of five novels for adults, THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS, IN DAHLIA'S WAKE, BREAKING THE BANK (which has been optioned for a film), A WEDDING IN GREAT NECK and TWO OF A KIND. Her sixth novel, YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME, will be out from New American Library in October, 2014.
She is also an award-winning children's book author with 21 children's books to her credit. THE DOLL SHOP DOWNSTAIRS received a starred review from Jewish Book World saying that it "will become a classic." In another starred review Kirkus called the sequel, THE CATS IN THE DOLL SHOP, "a quiet treasure." THE DOLL WITH THE YELLOW STAR won the 2006 Once Upon a World Award presented by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Her latest book LITTLE AUTHOR IN THE BIG WOODS, a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, will be published by Holt in 2014.
For over a dozen years, Yona has been the Fiction Editor at Lilith Magazine. She works independently to help aspiring writers polish their manuscripts. To arrange a book club visit, inquire about editorial services or just to say hi, please contact Yona at:
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