Carly Sinclair, raised by her single mother, Leigh, has always felt stifled by her controlling mother. This is the catalyst for Carly's decision to shun college for the military. She digs in her heels even though the situation doesn't sit well with her mother.

Military life is more emotionally and physically demanding than Carly imagined. This is magnified when she's deployed to Kuwait for Operation Desert Shield. But the legacy of love and faith given to her by generations of women in her family help her to see past her trials to a place of inner peace.

Cote puts a cap on her Women of Ivey Manor series with a young woman looking to break away from her family. Stilted dialogue and an unbelievable ending disrupt the flow, but Carly is appealing, and readers will relate to her quest for independence. (Apr., 290 pp., $10.99)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel