Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Debra Clopton's And Baby Makes Five~Reviewed

And Baby Makes Five
By Debra Clopton
Paperback 250 pages
Published by Steeple Hill
ISBN 0-373-87364-6

Two stubborn humans, his dog, her donkey … and a brand new baby.

A donkey with a penchant for breaking and entering … in search of alfalfa? Cort Wells had never heard of such a thing, until he and his dog moved to Mule Hollow. And the donkey's eight-months-pregnant owner was Lilly Tipps, raised by her man-hating grandmas. So when Lilly wound up in his barn—and his arms—Cort began to think the donkey was going to be the least of his worries …

Heart-warming and hilarious, Samantha the donkey nearly upstages the other characters in this delightful romantic comedy. She seems to have it in her mind to help her owner, Lilly, learn to trust men, and Lilly has much to overcome—three grannies who had been betrayed by the men they loved. Combine this with the other match-making characters in Mule Hollow and you have the ingredients of a comedic casserole.

Clopton's second novel is like the first—lighthearted and fun with as much humor as romance. We'll be looking for more of the same from her in the future.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

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