Deborah Smith has given us a stunningly beautiful book that lingers long past the last page. Even better, ALICE AT HEART is the first book in her new Water Lilies series.

Family secrets have kept Alice Riley and Griffin Randolph from the past and each other until a vision awakens their unique abilities to communicate. Alice sees a drowning man half a world away and Griffin hears her voice as a siren's song telling him to breathe. The experience sends them to coastal Georgia for answers.

The Randolph and Bonavendier families have feuded for generations. The reclusive Bonavendier sisters know that their newly discovered half-sister, Alice, and Griffin will meet, but they can't predict what will happen when all truths are finally revealed.

Southern charm and unique abilities merge into an exquisite, magical romance of mermaids, legend and love. Suspend disbelief and enjoy a haunting, poignant chronicle that paves the way for future stories to unfold. (Feb., 320 pp., $14.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper