All of Crawford's books in these series revolve around the same loose sets of characters and that really is one of the things I enjoy about it. Each story has a different couple, but they are all linked together in some way and characters from the other stories invariably pop in and out of the current story. Although Love is More than Skin Deep focuses on two new characters Mark and Shelby, many of the familiar faces make an appearance. I am always pleased to see Rogue, Ivy, Isaac and even the German Shepherd Hope pop up in one place or another. It fits in beautifully with what the theme of these stories is; love, family, and hope.
This book, as they all do, centers on two people with issues, murky family pasts, and current problems. Shelby is about to have a large tattoo placed on her back when the tattooist notices some problems in her skin and recommends she seeks a medical opinion. Shelby has melanoma, skin cancer. A chance meeting in the tattoo studio that day with solo parent Mark who is raising his autistic daughter on his own leads to a new, exciting and scary relationship.
The book, like all of Crawford's, is full of hope, tension, and lessons for life for everyone. This is probably one of the reasons I enjoy them so much, that plus the soppy romantic buried deep inside me.
There is a genre known as "cozy mysteries", well, I've decided that what Mary Crawford writes is a genre called, "cozy romances" and it is a genre I've grown to love.
I can't recommend Crawford's books highly enough for a satisfying, relaxing read, that will also make you think and remind you just how lucky you really are. Another five-star winner from the Crawford pen. Well done that woman!