Elizabeth MacKay leaves Culdee Creek with a broken heart when the man she loves, Noah Starr, marries someone else. Elizabeth dreams of being a doctor and after five long, lonely years, her struggles pay off. Doc Childress wants Beth to return to Culdee Creek and take over his practice. It's an opportunity she can't refuse, but how will she handle seeing Noah?

Noah's life hasn't turned out the way he planned. His wife died in childbirth, leaving him with a daughter. His grief, now three years later, seems to permeate his days. Elizabeth's return causes a stirring in Noah he struggles to overcome.

While the pacing and conflict are sufficient for the story, this reviewer sometimes felt that Noah's struggles did not fit his character. In addition, the heroine's affair and resulting pregnancy were not really crucial to the story and could have been omitted. Ms. Morgan's voice and style are more than pleasing, and fans will welcome this next book in the series. (Mar., 304 pp., $11.99)

Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston