The second chapter in the saga of the Lear sisters is an absorbing and tender journey of self-discovery. Rebecca and Matt have issues to overcome, and the dynamics of their relationship won't make it easy. London knows how to
deliver drama!

Since giving up college and a career to marry Bud Reynolds, Rebecca Lear Reynolds has tried to be the perfect social wife. But when this former Texas beauty queen is tossed out for a younger model, she decides to start a new life for herself and her 5-year-old son.

So, Rebecca leaves Houston for Austin and attempts to enter the job market. But once there, it quickly becomes apparent that she has few marketable skills, and she's completely discouraged until an old friend of Bud's asks her to help on his election campaign.

Tough litigator Matt Parrish has second thoughts about joining Tom Master's campaign for lieutenant governor, especially after Rebecca also comes on board. These two are destined to clash and strike sparks—and those sparks can either build a blaze that keeps them warm or a fire that destroys them.

(Apr., 403 pp., $7.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith