Johnson, Janice Kay, The Perfect Mum (Under One Roof, Book 2), (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2003).
Title: The Perfect Mum (Under One Roof, Book 2)
Author: Janice Kay Johnson
Issues: Eating Disorder; Parenthood
Everyone says Kathleen Monroe is perfect—the perfect wife, the perfect hostess, the perfect mother.
But after a lifetime of practice, Kathleen is beginning to wonder if perfectionism is a good thing. After all, it didn’t help her marriage and might just have led to her daughter’s illness. And if those aren’t enough reasons for her to doubt her priorities, then meeting Logan Carr should be.
Logan’s great. He’s kind, patient and nothing like her first husband. But to Kathleen, he’s far from perfect…
Kathleen Monroe is at the heart of this trilogy. After all, she’s the one who bought the old brick house in Seattle where three woman live as they embark on new phases of their lives.
As a writer, I love nothing more than exploring how people react to the greatest stresses I can throw at them. You notice I say “people,” not “characters.” That’s because I do try to create people as real as you and me. Sometimes they’ve done ignoble things but are capable of growth and even sacrifice for their loved ones. I’d like to believe almost everyone can and will do the same.
Which makes me a romantic, I fear! So, sure, I’m writing about an angry teenager who is starving herself to death, a woman described by one of her roommates as a “princess” because she is beautiful, charming and spoiled, and a homely cabinetmaker who knows in his heart he isn’t good enough for the “princess.” Doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven, does it?
But, if, just wait… If I do say so myself, Logan Carr is one of my all-time most appealing heroes. Question is, can Kathleen measure up?
Janice Kay Johnson