When her father and sister are injured in a car accident, Aurora Jenkins, who's recently been laid off, returns to her hometown—an island off the coast of South Carolina.

Aurora's expertise lands her the job of setting up the town council budget for a proposed park to be developed on the island. Her excitement turns to panic as she discovers an underhanded business deal at the heart of the project. If the proposition succeeds and the town buys a tract of land from the Bingham heirs, it could rob those living in the swamps on the edge of town—like her father—of their homes

. Computer expert Clay McCloud is hired to write a program that will search for the whereabouts of the absentee Bingham heirs. But he has a conscience and knows if he succeeds, he may hurt some people—especially Aurora, who has captured his heart.

Rounding out her trilogy about the McCloud brothers, Rice brings back all her previous characters, as they take on the establishment. Carolina Girl is full of the warmth, humor and poignancy that make Rice's books very special. (Feb., 378 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith