After years of taking the European art world by storm, Seth Quinn is finally going home to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Without informing the clan, Seth just shows up on Cam and Anna's doorstep, causing a flood of tears and joy. The Quinn clan is also rejoicing at the news that their wandering son is planning on returning to St. Christopher's permanently.

In the 18 years since they first opened for business, Boats by Quinn has become a highly respected enterprise. Run by Seth's three adopted brothers, Cam, Ethan and Phil, there is now a second generation moving in as Ethan's daughter Aubrey joins the business.

Another new development is the arrival of wealthy, blue-blooded Dru Whitcomb Banks. Trying to build a life without using her family connections, Dru has opened her own flower shop in the seaside town. Attracted and intrigued, Seth arranges to rent the space over her shop as an art studio. While Dru finds Seth highly attractive, a painful romantic experience has left her leery and wary.

Seth's joy at his homecoming is tempered by the knowledge that darkness from his past is threatening everything he loves and cherishes.

For every reader who wanted to know what became of Seth Quinn, Nora Roberts finally provides the answer. In this follow-up to her beloved trilogy, Ms. Roberts delivers a book that is filled with familial tenderness, compassion and passionate love. (Nov., 384 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith