Three years ago her beloved spouse Jeff died. Her in-laws
were great taking their son's widow and child into their
home, but now Nolie Harper needs to regain her freedom.
When she inherits two cabins in Bethlehem, New York, Nolie
accompanied by her reluctant five-year-old daughter
Micahlyn leaves Whiskey Creek, Arkansas for her new home.
She is surprised to find the other cabin occupied as it has
been rented for a year by former Boston lawyer Chase
Wilson. Having served jail time over much of the last two
plus years, Chase lives the life of a hermit just outside
his birth town. He pities himself for having lost his
practice, his house, and his wife to his former partner.
However, though she is overweight, he finds Nolie quite
attractive even if her daughter thinks he is the bogeyman.
As the two adults fall in love, ghosts from their
respective pasts and a lonely child threaten anything
permanent. On the other hand, there is a more powerful
force at work nudging the loving duo to come together.
Though the weight of woes would break through a reinforced
ceiling, fans of relationship dramas will appreciate the
latest Bethlehem tale. The story line stars two
individuals needing fresh starts so that a joint venture
seems out of the question. However, with some heavenly
interference, this couple has a chance to redeem him and
find new hope and happiness for her. Marilyn Pappano
provides an uplifting contemporary.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 24, 2003
Take one gorgeous, down-on-his-luck man, add an
irresistible, up-for-anything woman. Put them together in
a smoldering little townand watch the temperature
Nolie Harper is starting over. And the bustling burg of
Bethlehem is as far as the single mother can get from the
gossipy one-horse town of Whiskey Creek, Arkansas. All set
to claim the twin cabins she just inherited, Nolie
discovers she already has a tenant: a scruffy, powerfully
built stranger who makes it clear he wants to be left
alone. Chase Wilson may be living like a recluse, but he's
making her yearn for togethernessand stirring up the
kind of desires that can change a woman's whole outlook on
Newly sprung from prison for a crime he didn't commit,
Chase is liking life alone in his rented cabin just fine.
Until the redhead with the lush curves and her young
daughter arrive and throw what's left of his life into
maddening chaos. With her tantalizing neighborly ways,
Nolie is slowly scorching her way into his guarded heart.
And her passionate kind of healing is rapidly transforming
his private hideaway into a lovers' retreat hot enough to
ignite an entire town.