College professor Elinor Goggin hasn’t returned to spend a summer in Coopersville, West Virginia in twenty-five years, but this July she’s helping her hospitalized mother by decluttering the hoarded family home. Yet her mom, always critical of her, is furious at Elinor for even touching any part of the overflowing collection of random possessions.
County inspector Race Ericson threatens a court summons if the hoard isn’t massively reduced in a hurry, pushing Elinor to choose: Surrender to her mother’s insistence that she do nothing, obey her bossy elder sister’s edict that she sort carefully through every single pile, or satisfy Race’s demand that she ruthlessly clear out the junk?
Satisfying Race would be a pleasure. But when family secrets come to light and surprises turn up on her doorstep, Elinor’s task gets complicated, forcing her to reevaluate her long-held beliefs about her family—and her life choices.
Cleaning Her House is a meaty stand-alone women's fiction novel featuring a rich variety of characters, a romance with a hint of steam, family secrets, and a ton of clutter. There's a happy ending, too. (Maybe not for the clutter.)
Award-winning author Irene Vartanoff combined her love of romances and comic books by working for Harlequin, Bantam, Berkley, and My RomanceStory.com as well as Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Irene's women's fiction novels published to date are A Daughter's a Daughter and Summer in the City. Irene recently released Singers in Love, a new series of sweet contemporary romances taking place in the world of opera. She is also the author of a contemporary Western romance series, Selkirk Family Ranch, and a superhero chick lit adventure series, Temporary Superheroine. A lifelong East Coast resident, Irene lives in a forest of tall oaks in the wilds of West Virginia.
You'll root for three generations of women struggling with complicated relationships — as exciting new life directions and romance beckon.
When widowed Pam Ridgeway loses her clerical job in a mass Wall Street layoff, her estranged daughter offers a chance to heal their relationship if Pam will go on television to talk about the firings. Totally out of her comfort zone, but determined to help her former co-workers, Pam seeks the aid of her retired social activist mother. At her Long Island beachfront home, Pam meets her mother's handsome new neighbor, Bruce. He's easy to talk to and attracted to Pam. Could he be her next life choice?
Pam's fiercely ambitious reporter daughter secretly fights to keep a lid on her desire for the hot guy she works with in cable financial television. When he starts pursuing her, their passionate attraction threatens to burst into flames in the newsroom and destroy their careers.
Pam's elderly mother wonders why Bruce reminds her of someone from long ago. In a life filled with social activism, she has met many people, but there's something about him that sparks an old memory...
A Daughter's a Daughter is stand-alone women's fiction with satisfying endings to all the major plot threads. However, this is not classic romance and all romantic threads do not get tied up neatly with a wedding bouquet.
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