As Anne Lyons fumes while waiting in traffic on a refreshingly cool July morning in Pittsburgh, she glances out her car’s window and observes that the day is so clear, you can almost see into the future. Little does Anne know how prescient she is for she is about to meet her destiny.
Anne, who has recently been fired from her nursing position at a nearby hospital due to a flare up of her explosive temper, has been contracted as a private-duty nurse to care for Peg McMaster, an elderly spitfire who has recently been released from the hospital following heart surgery. The only complication--Peg's handsome son, Gerry “Mac” McMaster, who is one of the city's most eligible bachelors and the proprietor of Mac's Place, a popular night spot.
His flirtations and charm unnerve Anne and his good looks, especially his gas-flame blue eyes, ignite something in Anne—something that disturbs her.
Peg perks up when she is introduced to her new nurse. The old woman has been praying to St. Anne, the patron saint of housewives, to find a suitable wife for her playboy son before she dies, and she believes that Anne's arrival on the Feast of St. Anne, is the answer to her prayers.
Peg and her friend Irma begin scheming to bring Anne and Gerry together, much to the chagrin of Gerry's current lover, the imperious Claudia.
Anne bears terrible scars from a previous relationship, and she sees many of her former lover's traits in Gerry. The last type of man Anne wants to become involved with is another womanizer.
As for Gerry, he has vowed never to settle down.
Initially, Anne and Gerry clash, but when she finds herself, against her better judgment, falling in love with him, she is disturbed. Can she get beyond her hurt? Can she trust him with her heart? Can a man like Gerry, who goes through lovers faster than a premenstrual woman goes through chocolates, ever be serious about a woman?
A romantic dramedy, St. Anne's Day, with its ensemble of memorable characters—Anne’s fastidious mother, Grace; push-over father, Bill; and free-spirited roommate, Janetta--can be likened to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew meets the TV sitcom Cheers. Readers have described it as spirited, sparkling and sassy.
While hysterically funny, St. Anne's Day is also heartwarming and inspirational and will leave you cheering when Anne's day finally arrives.
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About the Author
Janice Lane Palko has been a professional writer for 20 years. The author of four novels, she recently released her newest romantic suspense, Most Highly Favored Daughter. During her career, she has written everything from greeting cards to web content and has taught several classes at the Allegheny County Community College from Building English skills to creative and memoir writing. She is currently on the staff of the website Popular Pittsburgh and has been the executive editor of Northern Connection and Pittsburgh 55+ magazines, where she also contributed to the editorial content, writing her own column and numerous features. Palko has also been a columnist with the North Hills News Record and regularly contributes articles to St. Anthony Messenger magazine. In addition, she has worked as a freelance writer for Krol Media, which was recently honored for being one of Pittsburgh’s fastest growing businesses. She has written press releases, articles, profiles and marketing literature for a variety of clients from physicians to film producers to non-profits and hotel chains. Palko has had numerous articles published in publications such as The Reader’s Digest, Guideposts for Teens, Woman’s World, The Christian Science Monitor, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her works have been featured in the books A Cup of Comfort for Inspiration, A Cup of Comfort for Expectant Mothers, and Chicken Soup for the Single’s Soul. A graduate of Union Institute & University with a B.A. in Writing & Literature, Palko has won several awards for her writing including the prestigious Amy Foundation Award of Merit. Her writings have also garnered accolades at the The Kent State Writer's Conference, and she has been selected as Writer of the Month by Oatmeal Studio greeting cards. Her first novel, a romantic dramedy called St. Anne's Day, is set in Pittsburgh can be best described as Cheers meets The Taming of the Shrew. Her second novel, A Shepherd's Song, is a Christmas story that will fill your heart with Christmas cheer. Her third novel, Cape Cursed, is a romantic suspense, set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Loved the banter between main characters
really an enjoyable read! good story, funny, interesting, didn't want to put it down! i will definitely read more of her books!!