"A continuation of the Little Italy saga."
In high school in Baltimore, Angela DeNero dated Tony
Stefano, but had a secret crush on John Franco (he became a
lawyer not a pitcher). Surprisingly, John shared her
feelings, but neither admitted the attraction probably more
out of fear, but somewhat out of loyalty to Tony. Both
goes on to college and law school, but during all that
education, they never set eyes on one another.
Seeing each other years later, Angela and John are on
opposite sides of a custody case. Angela represents the
Gallaghers while John's clients are the Rothbergs. Legal
and sexual sparks fly as Angela and John argues for their
respective client. Besides not really wanting a
relationship at this time, Angela is pregnant from the
cheating boyfriend she just dumped. However, love is the
supreme court of relationships so that the appeal between
Angela and John makes for an open and shut case.
Millie Criswell's third Baltimore tale, THE TRIALS OF
ANGELA, is a delightful contemporary filled with amusing
family antics inside a warm romantic romp. The amusing
story line is fun though the tons of humor takes away from
some of the seriousness of the custody trial and the
pregnancy yet leave the reader upbeat in a You Can't Take
It With You theme. The cast engages the audience just as
it did with THE TROUBLE WITH MARY and WHAT TO DO ABOUT
ANNIE? and probably will with the next novel, MAD ABOUT MIA.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 25, 2002
She just broke up with her cheating fiance. Her fledgling
law practice is gasping for air. And her overbearing
parents are moving back to Baltimore. In a word, Angela
DeNero's life is a mess. But things quickly go from bad to
worse when she has to argue her biggest case against
arrogant, infuriating, and undeniably handsome John Franco--
a man she believes would send his own grandmother to jail.
Instead, he sends Angela's heart soaring with wishes that
can never come true.
Driven by ambition, John has no interest in marriage or
anything else that would detract from his work. Until now.
Bold, sassy, and smart, Angela is his match in every way.
But after their sizzling sparring intensifies, John finds
himself in over his head--because Angela DeNero has a few
secrets that are about to turn his world upside down.