by Millie Criswell

July 2001
ISBN: 0-804-11951-1
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Mass Market Paperback

Annie Goldman and “Father Joseph” Russo are about as different as two people can be. But, you know the old saying about opposites attracting and in this case it couldn’t be truer! Annie and Joe have a long and painful past and even Annie’s best friend (and coincidently Joe’s sister), Mary, doesn’t know the whole story behind their breakup fifteen years ago.

After their relationship ended, Joe joined the priesthood – much to his mother’s delight and Annie’s chagrin. However, he has never been able to forget Annie nor rid himself of the guilt for the way he left her all those years ago. After much consideration and prayer, Joe has decided it is time he stopped hiding behind his robes and leave the church. His first plan of action is to pick up where he left off with Annie – if he can get her to forgive him!

Annie has never gotten over Joe either, but she has learned well how to guard her heart and she doesn’t intend to have it broken again. The problem is that she still finds Joe irresistible and he has always been the only one who could look beyond the tough exterior she portrays to the world to the soft woman that lies underneath.

Annie is one of the coolest heroines I’ve came across in a while with her outspoken manner, tendency to dye her hair crazy colors on a whim and her funky clothes. I also truly enjoyed reading about her attempts to modernize her father’s outdated clothing store. Joe is definitely more grounded and is the perfect counterpart to Annie’s extroverted ways.

What To Do About Annie contains many of the characters from Millie Criswell’s earlier novel The Trouble With Mary and whets the reader’s appetite for the later release The Trials of Angela. While it is fun to see what is going on in the lives of the cast members we came to love in The Trouble with Mary, the surplus of characters and storylines tends to take away from the romance in What To Do About Annie. Unfortunately, if you haven’t read the previous novel, What To Do About Annie may very well leave the reader confused and feeling unfulfilled. On the other hand, Millie Criswell does such an excellent job at giving the reader just enough information to be intrigued, if you read one of her novels in this series, it is hard to just stop there!

Reviewed in June 2002 by Nicole.

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