01/19/2009 at 01:00 AM EST
They hadn't yet set a wedding date, but by last May, Jennifer Love Hewitt was testing her housewife potential with fiancé Ross McCall, 33. On hiatus from her hit series Ghost Whisperer, Hewitt, 29, told PEOPLE that she was "fixing up the house and making him dinner" while McCall was shooting the film Green Street Hooligans 2. "I'm not a 1952 kind of gal all the way 'round, but little spurts of it are fine!" she said. But the two "broke up over the holidays and have ended their engagement," says a source close to the couple, adding that the reason for the split is unclear. "They seemed really happy. Everyone just wants the best for both of them."