by Dinah McCall

April 2002
ISBN: 1-55166-894-7
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Mass Market Paperback

Isabella Abbott's mother died as she was born and has been raised on White Mountain in Braden, Montana by her father, Samuel Abbott, and six uncles. Although the uncles weren't blood relation, they have helped her father run White Mountain Fertility Clinic and have been her family for as long as she could remember. But Isabella's father has recently died of a sudden heart attack and she is feeling very alone; even though she still has the uncles, she misses her father terribly.

A homicide summons FBI agent Jack Dolan to White Mountain. One of the uncles, Frank Walton has been murdered in New York City. In searching for the man's identity, the police discover that his fingerprints are those of Russian scientist Vaclac Waller, who was supposed to have died in a plane crash more than 30 years ago. Jack Dolan heads to White Mountain undercover as a writer doing research for a book while his real mission is to discover why this man faked his death and has been living under an assumed name for the past 30 plus years.

When Jack first meets Isabella he thinks he is talking to a ghost as she is the spitting image of her mother whose picture hangs in Abbot House, the hotel run by the Abbotts, along with the fertility clinic. Jack and Isabella quickly become friends and form a fast growing attraction for each other. Jack knows the dangers of becoming personally involved with someone while working a case...not that that is going to stop him! His feelings for Isabella are too strong.

There seems to be many secrets about White Mountain Fertility Clinic. Secrets that some people will go to extreme lengths to keep buried. As Jack comes closer to the truth he unknowingly puts Isabella and the uncles in great danger.

With White Mountain, Dinah McCall has created yet another gripping page turner to add to her vast growing list of keepers. Dinah is fast becoming an author that will guarantee a gripping tale of romantic suspense.

Jack and Isabella have chemistry from their first meeting. They seem to bring out the best in each other. The uncles are written in such a way one doesn't know whether to like them or hate them for their part in keeping Isabella so sheltered from the world. With her father gone, Isabella is trying to experience new things… and Jack is the perfect partner to experience them with!

White Mountain is one of those books that you don't want to put down until you reach the end. Start this one early in the evening or else you will be up until the wee hours of the morning turning pages. I believe Dinah McCall is fast becoming one of the names that come to mind when you think of well written romantic suspense.

Reviewed in April 2002 by Barbara.

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