You might know Gwendolyn Zepeda from her chica-lit titles Houston, We Have a Problema and Lone Star Legend. But while those books featured young women facing relationship and career troubles, Zepeda’s latest release, Better with You Here, has a main character facing a very grown-up problem. Protagonist Natasha Davila’s life centers on her kids. So when her ex-husband, who’s about to remarry, sues her for full custody, Davila is understandably distraught. As usual, she turns to her two best friends, Sara and Haley, for help. But Davila’s ex has turned up dirt on both women, and her continued relationships with them could cost her dearly in a custody battle. Will she cave in to her ex and turn her back on her friends? Or will she figure out a way to keep both her friends and her kids?
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Houston-based Zepeda is well-known for her ability to create sparkling, three-dimensional characters and compelling storylines. She’s done the same again with this novel. She’ll be discussing and signing Better with You Here today at the book’s launch party at 7 p.m. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet.
Fri., July 20, 7 p.m., 2012