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The Next Best Thing

Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 978-0373777341 
HQN reissue, August 2013

Lucy Lang isn't looking for fireworks...


She's looking for a nice, decent man. Someone who'll mow the lawn, flip chicken on the barbeque, teach their future children to play soccer. But most important... someone who won't inspire the slightest stirring in her heart...or anywhere else. A young widow, Lucy can't risk that kind of loss again. But sharing her life with a cat named Fat Mikey and the Black Widows at the family bakery isn't enough either. So it's goodbye to Ethan, her hot but entirely inappropriate "friend with privileges" and hello to a man she can marry.

Too bad Ethan Mirabelli isn't going anywhere. As far as he's concerned, what she needs might be right under her nose. But can he convince her that the next best thing can really be forever?

Fun fact: The aunts in this book are based on my three great-aunts, Mimi, Anne and Marguerite, who taught me to play cards, swear and other important life skills. <3


“…a heartwarming, multi-generational tale of lost love, broken hearts and second chances.” 

— BookPage

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