First, I'm thrilled that I'm reading again. Luckily, I've been able to go to the library and check out books the last couple of months. But, I'm typing this a whole month ago and may not actually be reading now... send me good wishes, please.
Second, one of the books I read was The Paper Marriage by Susan Kay Law. It is about a woman (Annie) whose husband is in a coma and has been for 12 years. A handsome former ball player (Tom) moves in next door with his sullen 16 year old daughter (Mer). There are so many factors in play here... the woman's mother who is a hippy child influencing how Annie reacts to Mer; Annie's mother in laws' devotion to her comatose son, Mer's behavior and the reasons for her being with her father, and Tom's up until now absenteeism as a father and his reactions to Mer's behavior.
I think the author wraps everything up nicely and although there were a couple of times I wondered 'why' everything made sense in the end. I liked the characters, even the minor ones, a lot and wish I could hear more about them.
I would love to read another of her books and see if it hits the mark, however she usually writes period or historical romances. There is only one other book listed at Amazon that is more contemporary and it got more mixed reviews. I would recommend The Paper Marriage as it is much less fluff than my last read, but beware of the language and sexual content.