Ever since her mother died when she was 12 years old, Katherine Whitfield has felt as if there is a hole in her life. Katherine was raised by her stepfather and feels gratitude for (if not true closeness with) him, but the discovery of some old items belonging to her mother gives Katherine the long-shot idea to identify her biological father.

A never-mailed letter from her mother addressed to a mysterious "J" telling him about her pregnancy and the fact she is leaving town is Katherines first clue. Memorabilia from the Golden Grill in Paradise Valley, KY and the year 1972 also gives Katherine a starting point.

Katherines introduction to Paradise Valley gets off to a rocky start when her car nearly collides into Zack Tylers horse trailer carrying his Kentucky Derby contender.

When Zack discovers Katherines quest to uncover her roots, he cautions that she may not be welcome in this tight-knit community. Zacks words prove to be prophetic, but Katherine is determined, and wont stop until she finds the truth.

The magic of Barbara Freethys words once again paints a compelling and wonderfully written portrait of discovery and love. (Feb., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith