by Maureen Child

July 2004
ISBN: 0-312-99752-3
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Author Maureen Child has some favorite places that she likes to visit in her books. Chandler, California is one of them. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the lush forest, this charming community retains its small-town values and sense of family. We have already met a number of citizens, the Candellano family. Now it is time to meet some more.

Samantha Marconi and her sisters work for the family business. This is not unusual in and of itself, until you realize that the family business is Marconi Construction Company. With their widowed father, Hank, the three sisters will be spending the summer working for the town’s most eccentric citizen, Grace Van Horn. Sam thinks that this will be the most stressful event in her life for the next few months. Until she answers the doorbell, and sees her ex-husband on the doorstep.

Jeff Hendricks has no desire to be in Chandler. In fact, he has no desire to see Samantha - ever. Too many years have passed, too much anger between them, to ever think that a friendship would still be possible. Besides, he is only there for one reason. To get divorced all over again.

As you have probably guessed, their first divorce was never filed, and they have been married for the past nine years. While the plot may smack of predictability, the creativity of Ms. Child makes the journey entertaining and heart-warming. There are lots of elements in this story which build, layer upon layer, into a firm and engrossing book.

And Then Came You is full of intriguing characters and strong emotions. It also appears to be the first book in a set of three about the Marconi sisters, with Michaela’s story set to appear in January. With independent, determined, capable women like Sam, Mike and Jo, they are sure to be books that are filled with family, fun, and deep sentiment. So, sit back, get comfortable and join me as we visit the sleepy town of Chandler, where love is in the air!

Reviewed in June 2004 by Paula.

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