by Jodi Thomas

August 2004
ISBN: 0-7783-2064-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Blaine Anderson’s life will never be the same the morning she steps into a woman’s clinic to verify whether the strange symptoms she has been having mean that she is pregnant or whether it means something more sinister. Once Blaine arrives at the clinic, she catches a glimpse of someone mowing the grass leaving something just outside the window of the room she’s in and then bam! When Blaine comes to, she realizes she is lucky to have survived the explosion that brought down the clinic and ended several lives. With part of her hair singed off her head, her body a scraped and bruised mess and the rest of her covered in debris, Blaine now looks worse than some of the street people roaming around but she knows she must make her way to her husband Mark’s office.

It is only when she arrives that she overhears a conversation that has her running away from Mark instead of to him. Is it true that someone wanted her dead because of her connection to her husband? She knows she is putting her life as well as his own in danger especially when she catches a glimpse of the daily paper that grips her heart in fear. The world thinks that she is dead!

As the days wear on, Blaine will take on a new identity as a woman named Mary and will learn how the homeless survive on the brutal streets catching meals and rest from any shelter available. It doesn’t take her long to realize that life on the streets is hard, but tucked in some of the most unlikely places she’ll find some steadfast friends willing to help her.

Meanwhile Mark, who for years has started taking his shy, quiet Blaine for granted, will realize how empty his life is without her. Once he finds out that the woman he identified, as his wife really wasn’t, he’ll do anything within his power to find Blaine and bring her home.

I was pleasantly surprised that Thomas could devise such a unique storyline for her second contemporary type book. She has quickly shown that she is just as talented a contemporary author as she is a western author. Be on the lookout in August 2005 for Thomas’s next book.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Shelby.

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