Forty-five-year-old Tess Barrett is a free woman. Her abusive husband is dead and she can now start life over again. When Jack Donovan reappears from her past, her pulse races in a way she thought impossible. Certainly, her married life was nothing special, and her children took the place of real love and intimacy.

Jack's been enamored with Tess since he first laid eyes on her 10 years ago. If it hadn't been for his own marriage, he would have made a play for her then. But now that his marriage has failed and Tess is widowed, Jack becomes determined to win her heart. The passion that was apparent in the past explodes, but will Tess ever lessen the distance she keeps between them?

McGill fills the pages of her latest book with humor. Jack sends so many bouquets that at one point, Tess' home rivals a flower shop. (Jul., 227 pp., $6.00)

Reviewed by: 
Faith V. Smith