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Deciding he needs to find a wife and settle down, on the first of October reclusive model train painter Max Crawford adds "go on a date" to his to-do list and heads off to the Trailside Diner in Whitford, ME, to try his luck. However, it quickly becomes clear that his social skills need polishing, so Tori Burns, part-time waitress and graphic artist who is definitely not interested in marriage, steps in to assist. The result, of course, is preordained—it's the getting there and watching the characters evolve so delightfully (especially the slightly geeky, oh-so-literal Max) that make this story so entertaining. VERDICT A shy, awkward hero with OCD tendencies and a helpful but relationship-wary heroine find friendship and unexpected love in this winning, sweetly sexy romance with a reverse Pygmalion twist. Series fans will be pleased, and readers new to the author will have their interest sparked. Stacey (Taken with You) lives in New England.