"puissant three generation contemporary family drama"
North Dallas CPA Kate Harmon is excited about going out
with legal hunk Nicholas Sutherland until she receives a
cell phone call from her brother-in-law Alan. He informs
her that her dad Jack is in the hospital due to a car
accident and her pregnant sister Sarah is there too because
of a fear of a miscarriage. Though estranged from her
family, Kate rushes to her hometown where she is known as
the "Cedar Dell Slut". Already at the hospital is her
brother Tom who treats her like a pariah. When her
siblings discuss who can stay with their elderly father
while he heals, Alan says Kate and her teenage son Ryan.
To the shock of Tom and Sarah, Kate agrees.
Two weeks later, Kate, Ryan and her older friend Adele move
into Jack's home to a rather icy reception. Next door is
photographer Max Cooper and his five year old daughter.
Max is the father of Ryan, who loathes him. Still Max
wants Ryan in his life, but realizes he also needs Kate
too. As they fall in love, both wonder if the second time
around will work since her father remains nasty to her and
her son remains nasty to his father.
At times the level of angst can become overwhelming, but
readers will agree that this is a puissant three generation
contemporary family drama. The story line is loaded
(perhaps overloaded) with relational conflict between
characters who feel like family and friends. Kate, with her
big Texas heartaches, serves as a great nucleus that makes
Geralyn Dawson's tale a sure fan favorite.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 25, 2003