Newly single and the mother of two girls, Kennedy Smith is primed to "grab hold of a new life." Her best friend advises giving her marriage one more try, but Kennedy is relieved that Frank, "who couldn't make it through a cocktail party without mentioning he'd gone to Harvard Law," has left her. In rapid-fire order Kennedy helps her teenager search for her real father; reconnects with the love of her life, Declan McGlynn, lover extraordinaire; and purchases a dilapidated house, convinced she can renovate it herself. She feels more at home in the "ghetto" of her suburban New Jersey town than she ever did in the huge home provided by Frank. Kennedy finds happiness with Declan but only after a brief scare when he contemplates making the expected commitment to his young daughter's mother. Kennedy's spunk is what elevates this first novel above the average jilted-woman-finds-true-love romance, as, guided by how-to books from the library and armed with flea-market tools, Satran's heroine gradually returns her house to its former charm while simultaneously rebuilding her own sense of self worth. Deborah DonovanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Jacquelyn Mitchard This witty first novel...is utterly charming.
Alice Elliott Dark I love, love, love The Man I Should Have Married. Pamela Redmond Satran has captured Kennedy's dilemma with energy and wit. I couldn't put it down.