Green's 12th novel (after Second Chance) is an endearing, compassionate look at the Tollemache family-Callie; Steff; their divorced parents, Honor and Walter; and Callie's best friend, Lila. Callie is a successful photographer with two children and a husband she adores, while Steff, though 33 years old with an amazing cooking talent, hasn't yet settled down. Their parents have not spoken since their divorce almost 30 years ago, and Lila has finally found true love at the age of 40 but doesn't want children. When Callie is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, all the characters question what they really want from life as they watch Callie fight for hers. VERDICT Green doesn't disappoint with this moving story (inspired by a friend's illness) that's filled with warm characters and softened with humor. Includes recipes between chapters. [Previewed as The Love Verb in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/10; seven-city tour.]-Anne Miskewitch, Chicago P.L. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.