"The one thing you should know about me is this: I'm the
consummate Good Girl. . ."
Ellie Winters is dependable and loyal and has a near-phobic
aversion to conflict. But as her thirtieth birthday looms ever
closer, she starts to feel like she's lost the instruction manual
to her life. She has just broken up with her boring boyfriend,
despises her job, and is the last of her high school friends to
remain single. Worse, her dysfunctional family is driving her nuts,
and she's somehow become enslaved to her demanding pet pug Sally,
who she suspects is the reincarnation of Pol Pot.
One night, after a botched attempt to color her hair at home, Ellie
rushes to the drugstore for emergency bleach, Sally in tow. Sally
is accosted by a smitten canine admirer . . . but it's the dog's
owner who captures Ellie's attention. Television news anchor Ted
Langston is witty, intriguing, and sexy. The only catch? He's twice
her age--and the only man on the planet who isn't interested in
dating a younger woman. And no one, from Ellie's best friends to
Ted's ex-wife, wants to see them get together.
"A sprightly debut ... Gaskell’s breezy prose, sharp wit and
skillful interweaving of Ellie’s struggles ... makes her a
delightful romantic comedy heroine."
© Copyright 2004 by Whitney Gaskell. Reprinted with
permission by Bantam Doubleday Dell, a division of Random House,
Inc. All rights reserved.