"An excellent reading experience"
The wail of an infant wakes up Beth Allen in a Snowflake,
Arizona motel with bruises on her body especially her head
and a loss of memory. Beth knows her name because that is
the identity she registered with to obtain a room. She
concludes based on where she is and the contusions that she
is on the run, but has no idea from whom or where. When
she reads an article in a magazine about a battered spouse
welcomed to safety in nearby Shelter Valley, she decides to
go there with the child she assumes is her son.
Months later, Beth still suffers from amnesia and remains
in hiding for fear that her unknown enemy will find her.
Sheriff Greg Richards asks her out as he is attracted to
her, but though she likes the lawman, she rejects him
because she doesn't want him probing into her past even
innocently on a date. As he works to stop deadly
carjackings that is reminiscent of a cold case, her past is
closing in on her and only Greg can keep her and her son
Fans of the series will delight in the latest entry as
characters return from previous novels and Greg finds his
true love. The story line uses a police procedural as a
secondary subplot, but mostly focuses on Beth's dilemmas.
Though amnesia is an overused gimmick, the audience will
want Greg to stop whoever seeks to harm the heroine.
Romantic suspense readers will enjoy this tale though the
villain's reason for chasing Beth seems stretched, but then
again perhaps cult insanity makes it reasonable.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 11, 2002