by Edie Claire

June 2004
ISBN: 0-446-61278-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

Told in the first-person point of view, Ms. Claire’s latest book is a foray into the heroine’s past, dealing with emotional issues that must be resolved in order for the heroine to finally find peace with her life.

Meara O’Rourke’s life is suddenly turned upside down with the death of her birth mother. Upon arriving in the small community of Laurel Mountain, Meara learns that her mother has left her an inheritance --- part ownership of the beautiful estate and Inn, Laurel Ridge. There, she meets the other owner: stoic, hard Fletcher Black --- who resents Meara’s claim to the estate and will do everything in his power to make her sell her share to him and leave.

Meara is determined to stay and solve the mystery of her past involving her dead mother. Fletcher finally relents and lets her stay. Gradually he warms up to Meara, and their relationship starts to change. But will Meara be able to accomplish everything she sets out to do: resolve her past, learn to live again, and teach Fletcher to finally trust and love?

Mostly a character study of Meara, the romance in this story is lukewarm at best. This reviewer wonders if the story might have been less of a slow read if told from another point of view and if the romance between Meara and Fletcher centered on more than the plot of ‘resolving one’s past issues’. Ms. Claire’s writing skills are not in question here, but it’s this reviewer’s opinion that this story could have had more romance and it would have been a good afternoon read rather than the slow progress it was.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Kari.

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