"A good romance"
Three years ago in Tennessee, Jackson was the family fair-
haired boy on his way to a judgeship until the car accident
left him paralyzed. The driver of the other vehicle Tommy
Banks resides in jail for driving drunk, but swears he was
slipped a Mickey. Now Jackson's stepbrother Collier Smith
is the family member one step away from a federal bench
Everything changes for Collier when he finds a dazed
Brittany wandering the mountain road. Apparently, an enemy
of his family accosted and beat her up before deserting
her. Collier takes her to safety though she is Tommy's
sister. As Collier falls in love with Brittany, he has
decisions to make, as she is bad for his political career.
Adding to his difficulty is pressure Tommy puts on him to
help get him released from prison. Will Collier choose
love or family loyalty and power for he cannot have both?
Though a star-crossed love story between a person from the
wrong side of the tracks and an elitist has been told a
zillion times in novels and movies, Mary Lynn Baxter
provides a compassionate spin on the theme through a strong
cast. The story line is character driven especially by
Collier, torn between his love for Brittany and his
familial obligations enhanced by the bitterness of Jackson
and the machinations of Tommy. Fans will enjoy this tale,
but feel that though Mary Lynn Baxter resolved the prime
theme in an exemplary manner, the talented author left too
many sub-plots dangling as if a sequel is planned.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 25, 2002