Former Dallas socialite Jana Franklin has gone from dining in the finest restaurants to being unable to afford a meal at a fast-food joint.

Disowned by her family and with no friends to speak of, Jana wanders into a linen boutique and collapses at the feet of the owner's mistrustful brother, Tyler Maxwell. Sensing that she's down on her luck, the owner offers her a sales position, which Jana gladly accepts. With a second chance thrown her way, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery that makes it difficult for Tyler to curb the longing he feels for the brand-new Jana.

In this sequel to Like the First Time, readers are treated to a completely different side of Jana. A metamorphosis occurs with this character, and a selfless, caring young woman, remorseful for her past transgressions, emerges. Bordering on inspirational, this book is proof of how multifaceted veteran author Ray is. Each page probes into the psyche of the characters, offers a positive perspective and teaches the art of forgiveness.

On the down side, things move rapidly at the start but slow down in the middle of the story, which may frustrate readers. (Oct., 260 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
T.L. Burton