by Barbara Plum

October 2004
ISBN: 0-8217-7773-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Ben Macdonald has been having a difficult time since his wife’s untimely death more than a year ago. Balancing his duties at work against his duties as a single father is much more difficult than he could have anticipated. His daughter, Molly, is not taking the loss of her mother and the continued absence of her father very well. At five years old she has constant `tummy` aches and fears the monsters that are hidden in her room. A chance meeting while waiting in line for coffee may just be the ticket Ben needs to get help for Molly and for himself. Ben is determined to have Dr. Risa Taylor (La Ti Da) take on Molly`s case even though Dr. Taylor says that she`s taking a year off to be with the triplets. With dogged determination and perseverance Ben insinuates himself into Risa’s life.

Dr. Risa (La Ti Da) Taylor is a much sought after pediatrician who cannot figure out why the surly guy she had passed the time with outside of Starbucks® is still on her mind. It’s not like she doesn’t have a zillion other things that she could be thinking about at the moment. Most prominent would be her forthcoming adoption of boy triplets. Despite the very vocal misgivings of her best friend and confidant, Kelsy, Risa knows what she’s getting herself into. She also knows that she will be a great mother, single or not.

Fate kicks in its two cents when Risa and Ben meet up again at Molly`s school recital. This encounter gets the ball rolling for a series of hilarious situations for the Doc and Ben. Let the games begin. Adopting a rowdy dog, surviving her god-child Jason’s ear-splitting affection, containing her growing feelings for Ben Macdonald, helping Kelsy when her husband has a midlife crisis, gentling Molly for another pediatrician…oh, and preparing her house for three infants keeps Risa`s plate full beyond boundaries.

Prince of Frogs is a touching, heartfelt, hilarious romp into the life of an oft bewildered pediatrician who hasn`t believed in true love in a very long time. Ben`s constant ache for the loss of his wife Amy touches your heart. I found myself looking for little Molly’s infrequent smiles. Risa`s restraint (or lack thereof) when dealing with Kelsy made me laugh out loud more than once. And the dog…just wait until you read about how La Ti Da acquired the dog and what it does to Ben. Barbara Plum has penned an awesome contemporary comedy that will ring true to life for more than one reader. Prince of Frogs was a pleasure to read.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Jodi.

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