by Jennifer Greene

January 2007
ISBN: 978-0-373-77177-6
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Jennifer Greene’s newest book Blame It On Cupid gives readers a story that is sure to captivate and keep their eyes glued to the pages.

Merry Olson has a heart bigger than all of Texas. She’s not afraid to face any task before her, and gives it more than one hundred percent. Therefore, when she suddenly finds herself a guardian of an eleven-year-old girl named Charlene, she willingly packs up her life to move to Virginia and begin the journey of bonding with a child who may or may not be full of emotions.

What Merry finds in Virginia is nothing that she expected. Her old friend Charlie had appointed Merry to be guardian of his daughter should anything happen to him. Unfortunately, now he has passed away, and Merry is faced with helping Charlene move forward with her life. The houseand the sexy neighbor surprises Merry, but nothing surprises her more than the child herself. Charlene, Charlie as she prefers to be called, is as far from the typical eleven-year-old preteen girl that Merry is expecting.

Now the grit of the story comes to pass. How will Merry, who has always been something of a free spirit flitting from one job or boyfriend to another, take to settling down and playing the role of suburban mom? How will Charlie take to the fact that her dad is gone, and she’s now left with the ultra feminine Merry? Last but not least, how will the neighbor Jack fit into their lives with his twins Cooper and Kevin?

Ms. Greene has taken a story that could tug reader’s heartstrings and have the tears pouring, making it hard to read, and turned it into a story that will tug your heart, but also put a smile on your face as you read. There are obstacles that Merry and Charlie must get through, but somehow they find a way. Their bonding might not be conventional and yet it is the way that works for them.

Every good story needs a villain and Blame It On Cupid has June Innes. Ms. Greene has written the court appointed advocate in such a way that readers will love to hate her from the time she is first introduced.

So as the New Year settles in, it’s time for you to find the comfy reading corner, the beverage of the day, and settle in for a good read of Blame It On Cupid.

Reviewed in January 2007 by Sandi.

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