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In Ms. Miller and the Midas Man, Augusta Miller has spent her life feeling like a disappointment.  Since the age of 4, she’s been on the path to being a world-renowned violinist.  But an injury forced her to quit.  Now she teaches music in a small town elementary school and gives violin lessons on the side.  She’s looking to make a safe, comfortable world for herself and she doesn’t believe it can include her sexy next-door neighbor.  In order to be closer to his daughter, Scott Hammond takes the job of high school principal in his home town and moves into his childhood home.  He’s fascinated by his gorgeous neighbor and it’s apparent that, though she doesn’t want to, Augusta also feels the attraction.  Can Scott help her overcome her past and take a chance on a long-term relationship?  Can she get over the fear that she will somehow disappoint him too?

Originally published in 1998, this story does nothing to show its age.  The characters are entertaining and funny, but Gus’s insecurities and Scott’s reaction give it heart.  I was a little confused by the depth of her issues, based on the reasoning provided, but, as is often the case, childhood feelings are deeply rooted and can seem inflated when seen with adult eyes.  Once I accepted it, the story moved quite well.  Scott is perfect, of course – kind, caring, hard-working, smart, handsome, and funny.  He’s a good father, a dedicated principal, and a sexy mate.  He doesn’t have any issues left over from his divorce, which is refreshing.  The conflict in the story comes solely from Gus but it is handled nicely.

Ms. Miller and the Midas Man is a sweet story of a woman coming to terms with her worth, finding the ability to trust in herself, and believing that she is enough to be happy in love.