West of Venus : Holly Parker knows that people almost always make the wrong choices. Like her sixteen-year-old son who is dating his former sixth-grade teacher. Like her friend Marvelle, still mourning a husband she should have left long before he died and broke her heart. But while thirty-six-year-old Holly can see what's best for other people, when it comes to her won life her vision is less than perfect. With two good, decent men interested in her, Holly would rather turn back to an ill-starred love affair with a married man-her boss at the restaurant where she works as a waitress. That's when a grieving friend, a few crazy summer nights, and a small Kansas town come together to help Holly see what she's been missing, and where she should go from here.