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Originally published as Mother of the Year

After the death of her husband, Evie Vaughn realizes her dream of becoming a high school teacher. She and her three sons move to Oak Grove, Iowa and become part of the community. Evie would like nothing better than to be able to send her boys to college, but to do so she needs to land the coveted position of high school baseball coach. She's qualified. She's almost got the job in her grasp. Then Joe Scalotta comes to town.

The "Iceman," as Joe was known on the football field, has just been hired as the football coach for the local community college. He's also received full custody of his teenage daughter after he mother's recent death. Oak Grove is supposed to be a new start for them both.

When Joe is offered Evie's job merely on the basis of his notoriety sparks fly, and Evie proposes a test. Whoever's team wins the Big League Baseball championship over the summer wins the job. Though Joe doesn't want her job, he does want to keep an eye on the lovely Mrs. Vaughn. Especially since his daughter, Toni, has been assigned to Evie's team as her newest pitcher.

When Joe discovers himself hornswoggled into coaching Evie's twin terror sons in T-ball and his daughter falls in love with her catcher, Evie's oldest son, the two of them wind up spending more time together than apart.

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