Chieko Makiguchi has spent her whole life trying to live up to her parents’ expectations. Unfortunately, she’s better at cheerleading than chemistry, and she’s more comfortable in sweats than business suits. Just as things are looking up, life throws her two unexpected twists. She loses her job but acquires a millionaire suitor—one bad and one good, right? But which is which?
Bartholomew Jefferson graduated into obscurity. No longer the star of the University of Oregon Ducks football team, he has a degree but no career prospects. He’s a man with great talents buried under an identity crisis. At least he has his sense of humor and Grammy MarLee’s cooking to keep him alive.
When an unusual job opportunity brings Chieko and Barth together, they are sure that working together will get awkward fast. After all, he’s like a St. Bernard puppy, and she’s like a porcelain doll. With such diverse backgrounds, how can these two find enough common ground to form a viable working team? But two new adults discovering their destinies might just find that their differences are a perfect recipe for romance.
With loved characters from the series collected along the way, this installment looks at race relations, family traditions, and the unexpected turns love can take.