by Sharon Sala

November 2004
ISBN: 0-7783-2084-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Sharon Sala has always been able to write a story that touches your soul. Her new book, Missing, is no exception to her past performance. Missing tells the story of two tortured souls, and how by coming together they manage to save each other.

Wes Holden is running from a nightmare. It was shortly after his return from Afghanistan and then Iraq, that a terrorist bombing on the base killed his entire family. Since the day he held the lifeless bodies of his wife and son in his hands, he has forgotten how to live. Once he escapes from the hospital and then his stepbrother's supposed care, he takes off walking with no destination in mind.

Ally has spent her entire life in the same house high in the mountains of West Virginia. Ever since her motherís death when she was a teen, she has spent many lonely days and endless nights dreaming of the prince who might rescue her and not let her disability be a factor in loving her. She never imagined that prince would end up walking into her very own backyard.

Instead of being frightened by Wes, Ally is instantly drawn to him and sets out to help him by offering him a place to live and helping him find a job. This unlikely pair will end up seeing beyond each otherís wounds and forging a friendship that will end up saving them both.

As Wes slowly starts to step away from the pain of the past, his instincts tell him that something is not quite perfect on this mountain. Something evil is growing on the mountain, and it will soon put everyone in great danger. Using skills he developed in the military, Wes will end up saving Allyís life before she too is killed by the same evil that will eventually take her beloved brothers lives.

This story was everything I am looking for when I pick up a book: two wounded souls who are yearning so desperately to be accepted and loved, a strong sense of suspense, and a romance that blooms before the readerís very eyes. Sharon Sala proves once again that she just canít write fast enough for this anxious reader.

Be sure to watch bookshelves in Spring 2005 when Salaís next Dinah McCall book hits the shelves.

Reviewed in October 2004 by Shelby.

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