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HarperCollins Publishers, Aug 1, 2011 - Fiction - 368 pages
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After nearly a decade as a sous–chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna Stevens is desperate for a change. She's supported her ex–husband's dreams for so long that she can't even remember her own. Until she sees a 'for–lease' sign near her parents' home and envisions her very own cooking store.

Her crash course in business is aided by a streetwise store manager and Jenna's adoptive mother. But just as she's gaining a foothold in her new life, in walk her birth parents– aging hippies on a quest to reconnect with their firstborn.

Now Jenna must figure out how to reconcile her birth parents with her adoptive parents, deal with her feelings for a new love interest and decide what to do about her ex's latest outrageous request. Along the way, Jenna will find that there is no perfect family– only the people we love

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User Review  - kmajort - LibraryThing

Read this with a group of co-workers, striving to read out of our usual genres. (Notice I don't have a "romance" shelf in GR). I'll give this 1.5 stars. Didn't hate it, but it was so full of cliches I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dawn772 - LibraryThing

This story showed realistic emotional growth but was more about family relationships and the romances were in the background. It was heavy with cooking details and I guessed the outcome early on ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

I grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, home of Chickamauga Battlefield, Rock City, Ruby Falls, and the beautiful Tennessee Aquarium. After graduating from high school in 1973, I headed to southwestern Virginia for undergrad. My alma mater, Emory and Henry College, is a small liberal arts institution that enjoys an excellent reputation for quality academics and affordability.

Between my sophomore and junior years, I married my high school sweetheart. We graduated together in 1977. I later earned a Masters in Reading and Story Arts from East Tennessee State University.

For 15 years I taught kindergarten and second grade near Knoxville, TN, in the foothills of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. In the fall of 2002, I left the classroom to write full-time.

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