While Wiesner's stories are interesting
at first, they stay on the superficial side, never really digging deep enough. Each starts out interestingly, but the endings come so quickly that the stories don't have enough chance to develop. With just a bit more time and effort, this series could have been first class. (The collection includes two new tales and two previously reviewed stories, "Revenge in Amethyst" and "A Rose for Romeo," reviews of which can be found on

In "Reckless Rose," Lona is hard at work as a real estate agent and shocked to hear that Reece Childs is back in town. Is he the man for her?

In "Christmas in Amethyst," sheriff Jeb Duncan tries to convince Sheila Mason that he's the man for her and her 5-year-old son, Devlin. Dev is convinced that Jeb should marry his mom, but Sheila remains unsure. It's when Jeb comes to her defense against a stalker that Sheila believes that maybe, just maybe, she deserves to be happy after all. (Whiskey Creek, Sep., 213 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Cindy Himler