Synopses & Reviews
Advertising executive Marta Zinsser is no poster child for her wealthy Seattle suburb and nothing could please her more. This former New Yorker wears combat boots, not Manolos, and drives a righteous Harley hog instead of a Mercedes SUV. Now she's launching her own agency in this land of the Microsoft elite, even though her ten-year-old daughter wishes she'd put on a sweater set and just "be normal."Can this ex-urbanite remain uniquely herself without alienating the inner circle of smug, cookie-cutter executive wives? And when push comes to shove, can she stop being the proud odd mom out and take a chance at something frighteningly and tantalizingly new?
"Marta Zinsser has made her nine-year-old daughter Eva, conceived through sperm donation, her whole world. The two move from Manhattan to a wealthy Seattle suburb, where Marta plans to run a successful advertising agency from home and be close to her ailing mother. Soon however, Martas bohemian ways stick out like a sore thumb among the impeccably groomed housewives of Bellevue. Pressured by a tenderly and believably drawn Eva to be a real mom, Marta signs up for school chaperoning and committee duties, with near-disastrous results. And when Marta falls for a handsome billionaire, she must decide whether to refocus her lone wolf self-image enough to allow a man to enter the picture. The alpha moms Marta detests are cartoonish, catty villains, and self helpese creeps into the plot gaps. But Marta is an intriguing heroine: she values freedom and toughness, but her jeans and combat boots mask vulnerability, heartbreak and fear of change." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A poignant critique of mommy cliques and the plight of single parents." Kirkus Reviews
"[S]trong appeal for fans of women's fiction and mom lit." Library Journal
"Porter's tale of a mother and daughter's journey to 'normalcy' is keenly emotional and truly uplifting." Booklist
About the Author
Since her first sale in January 2000, Jane Porter, has written and sold 22 books to Harlequin. She won the Golden Heart award in 1998 for Long Contemporary Romance and was nominated for a Rita in Short Contemporary in 2002 and 2003. A former teacher, Jane holds an MA in Writing, speaks frequently on the craft of writing and makes her home in Bellevue, Washington. Please visit her at http: //www.janeporter.com