Pull up a comfy armchair! The main and secondary characters instantly become people to care about, and the plot twists will keep you turning pages long into the night. The themes of racial tolerance and second chances are as timely today as they were back in the early days of Colorado's history.

To end a scandalous rumor, Dr. Molly Whitcomb is forced to leave her career as a university professor and take a job as a schoolteacher in Timber Ridge, Colo. She reinvents herself by lying to cover up past mistakes.

Sheriff James McPherson hates liars and senses something isn't quite right about Molly, but he ignores his instincts to listen to his heart. What will happen when James learns the true reason Molly moved to Timber Ridge? (BETHANY HOUSE, Apr., 384 pp., $13.99)  
Reviewed by: 
Chandra McNeil