"An engaging family drama"
Years ago Seattle based philanthropist Ian Collier helped
Kathleen Cahill by paying for her to attend college and
medical school. Now a doctor, Kathleen wants a child and
though friends Ian would like to sire her kid because
years ago he lost the only child he ever had. Kathleen
accepts his kind offer as she has great respect for Ian.
He also asks her to marry him so their child can be raised
with two parents though he expects their relationship to
remain friendly and platonic. She loves his loyalty, but
tells him it is unnecessary. He says he cares for her too
much so he must help her any way he can, but Ian dies not
As he nears forty, wanderer Sam Collier settles down near
Medford, Oregon buying Sarah's orchard, a place where
apples grow. When he learns that the man who sired him,
but deserted him over three decades ago died, Sam goes to
Seattle to settle the estate. Sam hates Ian and wants to
detest Kathleen, but instead falls in love with her. As
she reciprocates his feelings, she informs him that she is
pregnant, but the father could be his father not him.
This is an engaging family drama that borders on the rim
of soap opera, but Katherine Stone keeps her cast
consistent and loaded with doubts and that make for a deep
character study. Ms. Stone furbishes a deep look at
fractured relationships in which love is not enough to
heal childhood wounds that remain bleeding as adults.
Fans of contemporary tales starring protagonists whose
respective hearts of stone are chipped away will want to
read this compelling novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 22, 2003