The year is 1926, and Iris' father has sent her off to be a paid companion to an elderly woman while he and his fiance open up a new shoe store (shades of Jenna Boller) in Kansas City. Iris is rather amazed to find that her expectations about being a care giver did not take into account the rather feisty and very much active woman and her son, a doctor. As the summer progresses (and Iris learns of her father's plans to marry in a letter), Iris begins to gain a more secure footing, to develop her own life and set of ideas. A long time friendship develops into a romance. Iris becomes involved in saving a teen being abused. And she comes to love Dr. Nesbitt and his mother as if they were family. <552>
It would be easy for this book to become sentimental and schmaltzy. Debut author Stuber keeps this book on an "edge" of sorts as the plot takes some unexpcted twists and turns. Characters are well developed including Dr. Nesbitt and his mother. An interesting companion novel or rung on a ladder would be PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ.