When a corporate oversight lands her new husband in jail, Kate St. James feels as if she's the one being sentenced. True, her ritzy new home in the suburbs looks nothing like the Big House. But for a woman barely able to keep her tropical fish afloat, Kate's not expecting time off for good behavior when she becomes an instant mother to her husband's two children!
Still, somewhere between dealing with a burned bake sale project, PTA meetings and preteen dating, Kate realizes she's never felt so free. Because being a good mother isn't about being perfect. It's about being there. For the kids, her husband and herself.
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In Richmond, Virginia, forty-two year old technical writer Kate married widower CEO Paul St. James though she has concerns about the reactions of his two children whom she has not met when they come home from boarding school. However, before the family can cement relationship, Paul is imprisoned for corporate fraud on Valentine¿s Day.------------- Kate takes charge of someone else¿s offspring though she has no idea how to deal with children. Neither Neve nor PJ wants a replacement mom especially one as hopeless at domestic matters like Kate is. In fact her outraged teenage stepdaughter Neve openly displays her hostility. As she tries to adapt and help the kids, she finds her life vanishing underneath the demands of Paul¿s kids as soccer mom she is not and the comparisons to her caring sister-in-law Lily make her feel even worse.--------------- Kate is a fascinating protagonist who is not ready to raise children, but feels initially obligated to do so though her preference is to let her in-laws in Florida or Lily who lives nearby cope with her stepchildren. Her obligation more to Paul than his offspring begins to turn to mutual understanding and respect between the beleaguered stepmom and the kids and Lily, who in turn change from animosity to comprehension of Kate¿s sacrifice. Readers will appreciate this fine family drama starring a realistic cast.------------- Harriet Klausner