In Patricia Gaffney’s Mad Dash, photographer Dash Bateman flees her recently emptied nest after a fight with her husband Andrew. Citing yet another unconfirmed physical ailment as to why they can’t keep the dog someone abandoned outside their Washington, D.C. home, Andrew gives Dash the push she needs to pack up puppy and head to the couple’s Virginia cabin to “think about things.” Not only has Dash and Andrew’s daughter just left for college, but Dash’s mother recently passed away. At a time when Dash needs him the most, Andrew’s academic reserve reaches a high point. Dash finds a sympathetic ear in Owen, the handyman helping her keep the cabin up and running. Back at home, Andrew starts keeping company with an attractive colleague eager to get him on her side in a heated department debate. Are either of these temptations enough to overshadow the happy memories accumulated over 20 years of marriage? A winner for fans of women’s fiction.