cover image Falling for You

Falling for You

Barb Curtis. Forever, $8.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-5387-0313-7

Curtis’s sweet, inviting third Sapphire Springs romance (after Only for You) begs to be turned into a Hallmark movie. After Faith Rotolo unexpectedly inherits a Victorian mansion in her mother’s hometown of Sapphire Springs, N.Y., she immediately falls in love with the town’s charming atmosphere and many of its residents—especially the recently divorced banker turned contractor Rob Milan. Rob’s dealing with the fallout of punching his former boss (with whom his ex-wife, Issey, had an affair) and is locked in a dirty custody battle for his two daughters, but he still makes time for Faith. As Faith falls for Rob, she also falls for his girls, four-year-old Carly and two-and-a-half-year-old Sarah—but Issey’s machinations may force their new family apart. Curtis keeps readers hooked with undeniable chemistry between Faith and Rob and a charming supporting cast, especially Rob’s feisty sister, Leyna, and yoga instructor Hazel. Meanwhile, a subplot involving a local historical mystery adds a hint of suspense, complete with a twist few will see coming. This is everything small-town romance readers could want. Agent: Stacey Graham, 3 Seas Literary. (Mar.)