by Lisa Jackson

October 2000
ISBN: 0-8217-6708-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Before Marla Cahill opens her eyes, she knows not all is right. First, she can’t remember being Marla Cahill, second, she has no idea who was in the car crash that claimed her memory and the life of another woman.

When she gets out of the hospital, she learns that she’s a wife, a daughter-in-law, the mother of a teenager and a baby, and the hated sister-in-law of Nick Cahill, the man she dumped to marry his brother.

Nick is the brooding, seaman hero of the story, and he has a past with Marla that has made him a cynic in the ways of life, and love. Nick is summoned to the estate of the Cahill family because Marla needs people around her to get her memory back, even people who hate her. There isn’t really a mystery as to who’s behind the car crash, but there’s a lot of mystery as to who the passenger was. I know this is extremely vague, but I can’t say much without giving the plot away.

The only thing keeping me from really loving this story was the solution to the story, which led to a climax that, in my opinion, was lacking. If Jackson had taken just one more chapter to finish resolving the story, it would probably have been an easier read and would’ve left the reader feeling like their life had been impacted, like Jackson’s other stories do. The characters left a little to be desired, as well. Marla was the best character in the story, until her memory was regained. While there were redeeming traits to her, the real reason behind her being in the car that crashed left me going ‘huh?’

Nick was a good character, also, I just wish he could’ve made up his mind whether he was going to hate Marla or not. And Alex, Marla’s husband, could’ve been more sinister to give the tale a really good twist.

As a whole, the book was a good one, highly recommendable, until the plot is revealed in a manner that just isn’t believable.

Reviewed in May 2002 by Lucy.

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