by Sherryl Woods

August 2003
ISBN: 1-55166-722-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

In Winter Cove, Florida the Flamingo Diner is the friendly little place where all the townsfolk meet to discuss the local gossip and the tourists come to get a local flavor of the community. Rosa and Don Killian have spent a lifetime turning their diner into the place where everyone knows your name and every one feels welcome.

Emma Killianís love of antiques has led her to Washington D.C. where she has become a successful antiques buyer and salesperson at the popular Fashionable Memories. Despite the fact that she has become more salesperson than buyer, Emma loves her life in D.C. and is glad to be away from the tiny Florida town and the diner she never truly appreciated. An out-of-the-blue call from Emmaís younger brother Andy asking her to return home for a visit because all is not right with their family is brushed off by Emma as a teenagerís overreaction. Soon Emma gets another call requesting she come home because her father has unexpectedly died.

Emma is met at the airport by local police chief Matt Atkins. Matt has secretly been in love with Emma for years, although she just sees him as a big brother. Her parents, especially her father, took bad boy Matt under his wing when he was a teenager and set him on the right path. For that Matt will always be grateful. Losing Don is like losing his own father. Matt will do whatever he can to help the family through their time of sorrow.

Secrets concerning her father soon have Emma wondering if perhaps her fatherís death was more than a terrible accident. She soon has Matt promising her that he will help her discover the truth behind the mystery no matter what the outcome. Perhaps something good can come out of this tragedy if only Matt and Emma can see that they are meant to be together.

Every small town has a gathering place similar to Flamingo Diner where the locals gather. With Flamingo Diner, Sherryl Woods gives the reader a glimpse into the workings of small towns across America She has created perhaps her best book to date.

Characters that warm the heart and a love story just waiting to happen are the basics for this wonderful tale. Ms Woods has dealt with a very difficult subject and woven a wonderful tale around it. She has captured the emotions of Donís death so completely in all their stages. As always, Ms Woods leaves the reader wanting more. I hope she will return to Winter Cove in the future.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Barbara.

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