REVIEWED BY SUE CORBETT
In her fourth novel, Pollen conjures a dark comic romance in which Londoner Alice Coleman flees a marriage wrecked "by the sheer ordinariness of life." Taking her two kids to live on the Arizona-Mexico border, where she supervises a resort project, Alice is a fish out of water. Unprepared for a nanny-less existence, the harsh climate and the venomous wildlife, she certainly has no intentions of falling for a gruff cowboy. Pollen takes her time laying out all the pieces of her sprawling plot, but the desert heat eventually rises, making for a sizzling ending.