"engaging relationship novel"
After living for the past fifteen years in New Zealand and
photographing much of the world, Jessie Ryder returns to
her hometown of Edenville, Texas near Austin. Jessie
suffers from a debilitating illness that will leave her
blind, so she needs to see her biological daughter Lila one
last time. Years ago Jessie became pregnant after making
love to Ian Benning, who later met, fell in love with, and
married her sister Luc. Jessie hid the father's identity
from everyone and her newly married sister and husband
adopted Lila and loved her as their own.
Jessie wants Ian and Luc to tell Lila the truth about who
is her biological mother. As the trio struggles with what
is best for Lila, the teen engages in hill hopping which
leads to the death of another passenger. Meanwhile, Jessie
falls in love with widower neighbor Dusty Matlock and his
little girl. However, Jessie does not trust relationships
so as she loses her sight she flees, but not before the
Bennings tell Lila the truth.
HOME BEFORE DARK is an engaging relationship novel that
contains a delightful extended cast. Much of the tale
focuses on Jessie, yet readers also learn about the other
key characters. Although why Jessie felt that Lila had to
know the truth is never fully explained, the audience will
savor this warm modern day family drama.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 25, 2003