by Debbie Macomber

HarperCollins, $16.99, 99 pages

Debbie Macomber is a New York Times bestselling author many times over and yet, she’s done it again with Family Affair. This is a romantic classic of the girl next door with surprises and complications set in for Lacey Lancaster. Her neighbor’s cat, named Dog, is attracted to Lacey’s cat, named Cleo. Lacey becomes irate when she discovers her Abyssinian cat in a family way. She storms over to her neighbor Jack and gives him a piece of her mind. From there, Jack and Lacey’s shaky courtship begins with many bumps in the relationship.

This tale has a unique mixture of comedy, romance, bitterness and forgiveness in its short ninety-nine pages but is power-packed and keeps the reader turning the pages to the end.

Reviewed by Mary Church