Two years ago, Ellie and Tucker Grant's marriage ended, when the loss of their son Sammy caused a breach that broke up their once-tight family unit. Time has finally allowed Ellie some emotional distance; however, though she and Tucker are trying to move on separately, their two young sons Zach and Kody are having none of it.

In a last ditch attempt to force their parents to reconcile, Zach and Kody run away into the Oregon wilderness where they used to camp as a family. Zach and Kody have been well trained by their field biologist father, so they are prepared to hide out for the long term. They make it clear in their demands that they want their parents reunited or they will not come back.

Ellie and Tucker, as well as each of their current dating partners, gather up equipment and head into the wilderness to track down the boys. Having Marvin and Liz as part of the expedition is not what Zach and Kody had in mind, so they have their own plans to eliminate the competition.

Catherine Anderson takes a new twist on the "Parent Trap" plot and serves up a novel that runs the gamut of emotions. ALWAYS IN MY HEART is filled with love, joy, humor, sadness and passion. (Aug., 432 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith