Dallas Heat
By Missy Andrews
Oct 22, 2003 - 1:53:00 PM

Ruth Newman wants a wife for her son and Sylvia Harris wants a husband for her daughter, so they do what mothers have been doing for centuries. They get together and plot and scheme and finally figure out a way to get Dr. Dan Newman to meet Gayla Harris. They are positive that these two are a perfect match and will do everything in their power to ensure that their plan works. However, these two loving mothers have one small disadvantage that makes this mission a bit more difficult for them. They are ghosts.

Gayla decided a long time ago that she would never fall in love with a doctor. Her father is one of the best doctors on the local hospital staff and she knows first hand exactly how egotistical and overbearing they usually are. So what is she doing waiting for Dr. Dan Newman to arrive at the country club where she coaches a swim team? She is waiting to see just how big his ego is after she trounces him in a swimming race and THEN she will decide if she wants to go out on an actual date with him. That is if he is even interested in her after he finds out about her past. After all she was bad enough that her own father disowned her.


Dan knows exactly why Gayla wants to meet him on her terms, after all he does know her father and can just imagine what it was like growing up with him for a father. Dan, however, has a little surprise for the delectable Ms. Harris. She probably will beat him, but knowing that doesn’t bother him in the least. Growing up with a life-altering handicap taught him at an early age how to lose gracefully and he’s hoping that by losing he will actually win the prize of a lifetime.


I was expecting this to be a rather humorous story that involved the ghosts having to do things to throw Dan and Gayla together. What I got was a very powerful story or two imperfect people who had to overcome some very large obstacles, both separately and as a couple, before they could be together. I have never read a story in which one of the characters had to deal with such a terrible physical handicap and Ms. Jacobs did an extraordinary job of handling that part of the story line. This is the first work of Ms. Jacob’s that I’ve had the pleasure of reading and I’m anxious to browse her backlist.

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