cover image Two to Tango

Two to Tango

Kathleen Fuller. Thomas Nelson, $16.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-8407-1596-8

A librarian and doctor navigate their feelings amid friends’ bumbling matchmaking attempts in the sweet and spirited final installment of Fuller’s Maple Falls Romance series (after Sold on Love). Olivia Farnsworth is content with a predictable life spent working at the local library and going to church and vintage movie screenings. Then, after her well-meaning aunt Bea points out she’s in a rut, Olivia sets out to shake things up. She sees her chance when she runs into her best friend’s brother, handsome pediatrician Kingston Bedford, at the movies. The night ends with a kiss that sends sparks flying. But plans for a date get scrambled by Kingston’s packed schedule, and he feels so guilty for failing to follow through that he ignores her until they see one another eight months later at his sister’s wedding. Kingston apologizes, and it seems a second chance is in the cards, but work distracts him again. A year later, both remain adrift, and Aunt Bea enlists Olivia’s high school friends to set her up with Kingston. The two catch wind of the plot, leading to a tangle of hijinks and misdirections as they fake a relationship to ward off attention, all the while fighting their true feelings. The quirky cast and healthy dose of humor will draw readers in, but it’s the slow-burning romance that will keep them hooked. This is just the heartwarming conclusion series fans would want. (July)