After 10 years of worldly travel as a successful chef, Rachel Peters must return to a small Mississippi town and take responsibility for her younger sister and brother. But she has no intention of putting down roots for her siblings or for Michael Hunter, the love she turned down 10 years ago. The bulk of the story rests on Rachel's inability to care about others' needs more than her own. She, of course, blames the example her parents set for her self-centered attitude. Michael is solidly entrenched in his hometown, where he runs a family plantation and riverboat, and raises his son alone. Rachel has THE COURAGE TO DREAM (2) about her own goals, but can Michael turn her focus from the world to the more important commitment of love? It's hard to feel sympathy for Margaret Daley's heroine, but Michael's patience with her is endearing.

Reviewed by: 
Beth Goddard