Civil Engineer Anne Schneider and her business partner, Patrick Ford, are struggling to make their new business enterprise, Clearly Perfect Water Systems, successful. They land a contract for a major project involving tainted wastewater from the Big Tree Paper Plant near the tiny town of Wood Mill, southeast of San Francisco. The job requires Anne to be on site for six months, under the watchful eye Adehm Trent, from the plant's headquarters office in Detroit. Anne takes on the job, despite the fact that it takes her away from her parents in Albuquerque. Her mother's health is failing badly, and her father relies on Anne to help with her care. Confident she can handle both her personal and her professional responsibilities, Anne heads to Wood Mill, ready to prove to Mr. Trent that Clearly Perfect Water Systems is equal to the task at hand. One tiny problem... Mister Trent is really Ms. Trent, and not only that, but she's drop-dead gorgeous, to boot, not to mention a demanding employer. Anne and Adehm find their way to workable relationships, both as colleagues and as something much more satisfying-until Anne's mother's condition deteriorates, forcing Anne to choose between fulfilling her obligations to Adehm and Big Tree and returning to Albuquerque to help her parents. In the aftermath of Anne's choice, Adehm must face old demons that have haunted her for years. Like Anne, she too must decide what really matters in her life. Everything was going so well, but now both Anne and Adehm have to contend with serious derailments of their plans. What will happen to their goals and dreams that were In the Works?
Used availability for Val Brown's In the Works
April 2009 : USA Paperback