Baxter is a very small town where everybody knows everyone
else, a place where a stranger sticks out immediately.
When eighteen-year-old, Angie Marks arrives in town, people
start whispering about the stud in her nose, the very
visible tattoos and the black nail polish. Many people
think she is dangerous but the town millionaire Patrick
Bailey sees beyond appearances and hires her to be his
housekeeper. He ignores the warnings of his daughter and
his grandson's new wife, even when Angie disappears and is
suspected to be with murder suspect Tully Hollister.
He believes that there is a rational reason why Angie is
gone and his faith in her remains steadfast. When Tully
and Angie are finally found, the town learns Tully
kidnapped Angie but didn't harm her. He thought she had
information that would exonerate him on the murder charge.
Patrick takes her back and learns the real reason she came
to Baxter and then proceeds to do everything in his power
to see that she gets what she needs.
Patrick is a very wise and astute character who sees beyond
surface appearances. Angie is a young woman who
desperately needs someone to love her for herself and
Patrick does just that because he sees the goodness and
gentleness within her. He goes out of his way to show his
acceptance of her and she in turn shows her devotion to him
by being the best worker he ever employed. Kathy Herman
has written an inspiring tale that isn't preachy yet gets
her message across.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 3, 2003