"Strong engaging relationship drama"
In 1997 Borrego Springs, California, lawyer Arthur Litton
offers a million dollars to buy baby Christopher for his
clients, the child's grandparents. The father of the
child, their son Rick recently died. Caroline Graham knows
she cannot win a court battle against the wealthy Saunders
so she disappears with her child.
Six years later, private investigator Jake Montgomery
thinks he has found the vanished son of his deceased buddy
Rick. Jake travels to Starlight Cove to meet painter Carly
Nolan, single mother of six year old Christopher. Upon
seeing her resemblance to a photo that Rick gave him of his
fiancée, Jake concludes he has found Caroline. Jake knows
reporting this would make his firm, but waits because he
wants to do the right thing by Rick.
Jake introduces himself to Carly at the gallery. She finds
him attractive, but fears any relationship might expose her
and Chris. Jake is surprised by her vulnerability, but
believes the guilty run and hide. He wonders if Chris
might be better off with his widowed wealthy grandmother.
As he begins to fall in love, his actions expose Carly and
This is a strong engaging relationship drama that hooks the
reader from the start through a fully developed secondary
cast supplementing the prime plot. Carly is a delightful
protagonist living in fear, yet braving everything thrown
at her. Jake seems too perfect as he seeks a middle ground
between the woman he loves and the mother of his deceased
best friend. Readers will appreciate this robust family
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 10, 2003
Readers everywhere treasure bestselling author Jill Marie
Landis for her tender love stories set against the splendid
landscapes of the past. Now, Landis has written her first
contemporary novel—a deeply emotional tale of acceptance
and forgiveness, the bonds between mothers and sons, and
the miracle of finding love for the first time.
For six years Carly Nolan has built a life for herself and
her son Christopher, never getting too close to anyone.
Nobody in the sleepy little beach community suspects she is
running—from the mistakes she made in her youth, the memory
of her fiancé Rick and his unexpected death, and the rich,
powerful people who want to take away her child. She has
carefully concealed her troubled past from the folks in the
isolated haven of Twilight Cove. Until now.
Private investigator Jake Montgomery has been looking for
elusive Caroline Graham since the day she disappeared with
Rick's baby. All Jake wants is answers. He finally finds
her living under an assumed name, no longer a wild
teenager, but a beautiful, devoted single mother who
captivates him like no one ever has before. As Carly
cautiously allows Jake into her life, she begins to trust
another person for the first time in a long while. She
never imagines that Jake, caught between his mission and
his growing passion, poses a threat to her protected world.
For if her secrets are revealed, she might lose the child
she holds so dear—and the man who possesses the key to her
Wise and wonderful, Lover's Lane is an unforgettable story
about new beginnings and the search for belonging, superbly
told by one of the most talented writers in women's fiction