Most of my preferred reading tends toward tormented or emotionally scarred protagonists, but every once in a while I get the perverse urge to read something with a cozy, feel-good ending. In one of these moods the other day, I grabbed Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan as I was leaving the store, and I was not disappointed. This is a sweet, well-written book about a high powered Washington D.C. lawyer who returns to Tennessee to help out her dad, a small-town family doctor, when her mother gets sick. This book offers a nice meditation on what it means to live a “big” life versus a “small” life, and how perspectives can get turned upside down when you step outside yourself for a while. Jourdan offers little in the way of romance in this book, but since she’s working on a sequel it probably won’t be long until we find out if anything develops between her and the cattle rancher down the road.

— Lisa