by Nancy Herkness

July 2004
ISBN: 0-425-19711-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

Journalist, Charlie Berglund is about to embark on the journey of her lifetime. When she manages to snag an interview with the prominent, yet elusive meteorite hunter, Jack Lanett she never expects the out of this world experience she has.

Charlie doesn’t quite make the impression on Jack that she was hoping for. She arrives on his doorstep soaked and needing help with an injured animal amidst rain and traffic. She realizes this is a lot to ask, but puts the animals needs above her own. When Jack reluctantly helps with the dog, and then insists on accompanying her to the emergency vet Charlie realizes there are more layers to the mysterious Jack Lanett than she even believes there to have been.

Jack is equally impressed with Charlie, though he does try to deny it. His mysterious past which he has buried deep, and hopes to never have to face, doesn’t allow him to believe in people for their loyalties and love. Jack is a firm believer that his life is fine as it is, and when he sells his latest find he can retire and lead the life he believes he wants. ALONE!

Once again Charlie has a need, and she turns to Jack to try to solve it. She wants to adopt a child, but the social worker feels her current free lance work isn’t conducive to child rearing. If she were a stay in one place person she would be approved for the adoption she so desperately wants. Her idea to support herself is that she will take the article she is writing about Jack and expand it to a book. Great idea and her agent is thrilled with the concept. Just one hitch…Jack!

To deter Charlie from the book idea Jack suggests one of his own…marriage. After serious consideration Charlie agrees. From here nothing goes as either has planned.

The twists and turns and learning to love and trust one another makes for a page turning read. Ms. Herkness has taken many sensitive subjects and blended them together to form a story that keeps readers attention with every turn of the page. She allows for each story element to get the full attention they deserve and doesn’t leave the reader feeling as though a chapter of the lives and Charlie and Jack and the people around them have been shortchanged.

Time now to sit back and count the calendar days waiting for the next release by this up and coming author.

Reviewed in August 2004 by Sandi.

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