I hate to say it about one of my favorite authors, but I was not at all wowed by And When She Was Good: A Novel . It is the story of Heloise (or Helen), a single mom with a teenage son. Heloise is not just any single mom, she is also a fairly high class madame. How Heloise became a madame is told through snippets of her past. The story dragged for me, plodding along at a steady pace with no real drama until the end. It wasn't bad. The story line was solid. The characters a bit too predictable. An average read.