"This author always writes a good romance."

A decade ago Zoey Phillips, Charlotte Moore, and Lydia Lane met as members of the Jasper Park Lodge female summer staff. They stayed in contact with one another over the years and now attend the tenth anniversary event at the lodge. Another attendee suggests everyone look up their first love, but Zoey has no plans to seek out her teenage crush Ryan Donelly. However, six months later fate intercedes when a close friend asks Zoey to come home to help her with her stepmother's wedding. The Toronto-based independent book editor agrees to return to Stoney Creek, British Columbia.

At home, Zoey sees Ryan, but though attracted to him, she dreams of his older brother, rancher Cameron, father of a little girl. While Ryan flirts with Zoey, Cam melts her with his deadly bedroom eyes, leaving her bewildered by her deepening feelings for a precious girl and her father. However, Cam was burned once in a relationship before so commitment seems unlikely on his part.

The first of three "Girlfriend" tales, ZOEY PHILLIPS is an enjoyable contemporary romance that showcases relationships in a small Canadian town. The story line is simplistic but engages the audience, as Zoey is quite a lead character, one who is so confident in the big cosmopolitan city, but has doubts fitting in her own hometown. Cam is a typical category male, but his daughter keeps him off of a pedestal for hunks so that Zoey and readers sees the complete person. Judith Bowen's opening gamut is a fun read.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 6, 2001


Zoey Phillips
(Superromance 1020)
by Judith Bowen

November 1, 2001
ISBN #0373710208
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