Can a D.C. publicist find true love with a union organizer? Oh, yes. Twice.
Nicky Malone never really got over her passionate affair with Tony Boltanski, her smart, sexy, and all-around working-class hero. But she broke it off when he didn’t show up for a family wedding—he evidently didn’t realize the event meant so much to her, but he’d got involved with yet another union in dire need of his help, and that was that. Nicky’s been single ever since, despite the best efforts of her favorite cousin Louise, a matchmaker. A rosy-cheeked romantic, Louise believes everyone has a soulmate, even though she’s never found hers. Nicky deplores her taste in men—her latest is a rich jerk who composes morose folksongs—and keeps pointing out that her other cousin, a studly mechanic named Johnny, would be perfect for her even though he’s engaged to someone else. Louise and he should have fallen in love years ago, though Nicky can’t think of a way to make it happen. In the meantime, her widowed mother, a devout Catholic and incessant nag, prays that Nicky will marry soon. The time-is-running-out lectures are getting on Nicky’s nerves, so going to Rhode Island to publicize a nurses’ strike seems like a nice change of pace—until she finds out she’ll be working with Tony. But it’s a good cause. The overworked and underpaid nurses, dedicated professionals all, really need help. Their offices have been sabotaged, and the hospital administration is making them out to be the bad guys for “abandoning” their patients. Nicky and Tony don’t agree on much—she favors a soft sell, he talking tough—but their romance is rekindled. The strike draws to a close and love is in the air. Louise and Johnny finally fall in love, and it’s for keeps. Are Nicky and Tony next?
A fine, funny, and deft blue-collar valentine from Bartolomeo (Cupid and Diana, 1998).