"Exciting romantic suspense"
In Rose Hill, Texas in 1998, New York based author Cameron
Ford attacks high school counselor Rachel Forrester for
failing to stop his son from committing suicide. Cameron,
who feels guilty for not being there when his son Jack
needed him, takes it out on Rachel, who had six sessions
with the star athlete before he killed himself.
Five years later, Rachel catches her husband Ted, a
doctor, sleeping with his partner's wife. Ted blames
Rachel insisting that he loves Francine Dalton. The
partner forces Ted out of the practice, squeezing him
economically. Rachel and their two children move to her
mom's home, next door to Nick. As the kids find Nick more
of a father than Ted, Rachel and the author fall in love.
However, something sinister involving high school sports
and her teenage son must be dealt with before anything
permanent can occur.
The Forrester family and Cameron keep this exciting
romantic suspense from falling into a low level conspiracy
tale as the story line contains several intertwining
subplots that tie together through healthy and
dysfunctional relationships. Cameron and Rachel are a
delightful duo and her kids and mom provide depth. On the
other hand Ted is so pathetic that readers will easily
write him off as a loser who subtracts from a solid family
drama. The sinister conspiracy that is ancient history
(four decades ago) would seem unreal, but with recent
headlines involving priests and cover-ups appears genuine,
making for a terse thriller.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 5, 2004
The irony of life is not lost on high school guidance
counselor Rachel Forrest: while she is educating teens
about good choices, her own life is spiraling out of
control. First, she learns her husband is having an
affair. Second, her aging mother collapses. And third,
Cameron Ford is back in her lifeagain.
As Rachel struggles to get her life in order, her fifteen-
year-old son, Nick, forges a bond with the taciturn
Cameron. Oddly, it is this bond that opens new doors of
healing and promises for them all. And it's Cameron whom
Nick trusts with a dangerous secreta secret that may
be connected to the death of Cameron's son, Jack, five
years ago...a secret that could endanger them all.