by Anna DeStefano

October 2004
ISBN: 0-373-71234-0
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Mass Market Paperback

Carrinne Wilmington was only seventeen years old and pregnant when she left Oakwood, Georgia as fast as her feet would carry her. For sixteen years, she’s never looked back. Now, however, her daughter needs a bone marrow transplant and nothing will stop her from finding a donor. If she can come back to Oakwood and do that without having to run into her grandfather or her daughter’s father, Eric Rivers, she’ll be just fine.

Plans fall apart rather quickly though when she’s caught within the first hour back in town trying to break into her grandfather’s house. Of course, Eric is also now the Sheriff, so in a matter of minutes she has run head first into the second person she wanted to avoid.

The plot thickens even more when it seems that someone else wants to make sure that the Sheriff doesn’t discover who his daughter is. They are even willing to try to kill Carrinne to make sure the secret is safe. This of course puts Carrinne into close contact with Eric as she’ll need his protection to stay alive.

I’m not a huge fan of the ever-popular story of the mother and child returning to same town that the unknown father lives in. However I have to admit that Ms. DeStefano added an interesting twist to the familiar plot by throwing in the family issues and a touch of suspense. What stands out even more is the fact that The Unknown Daughter is Ms. DeStefano’s first book. This may just be an author to watch for in the future!

Reviewed in January 2005 by Shelby.

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