Aspiring actress Gwyn returns to her grandfathers New England bed and breakfast for the holidays. Shes still strongly attracted to Alec Wainwright, the caretakers son who thinks of her as the little sister he has always protected.

Her aspirations have always been an issue between her and her grandfather. And Gwyn is surprised to discover that hes given up the fight. Shes even less prepared for the conflict that her love for Alec presents.

Alec is a local teacher, content to remain in their hometown forever. Gwyn, although she has been fired from her latest job and has no immediate prospects, refuses to give up her dream of becoming an important actress.

Gwyn is a small-town girl with big city goals and Alec represents home values with heart-warming appeal. Karen Templeton-Bergers family setting, secondary characters and thoroughly 90s ending make for peak romance reading. (Jan., 400 pp., $3.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger