Kara and Lizzie Holbrooke have only had each other to comfort them through their childhood. They've lived unloved and in squalor for as long as they can remember, becoming high school drop outs and shoplifters. But they have each the attention of most of the boys in town.

What Kara and Lizzie don't know is that they were once dubbed "The Billion Dollar Babies." This was before their father died and lawyers ripped them away from their step-mother and into the greedy hands of their grandparents.

Drawn in from the first line, my heart ached for Kara, Lizzie and their moving story. The satisfying end didn't stop the lingering sadness, as there's so much more to this novel than just the life of two little girls and the wounds that should never have been.

Ms. Blackstock tactfully and skillfully deals with the undesirable traits of her characters (promiscuity and subsequent abortion, which are briefly mentioned). The book is so well written it is hard to believe it's just fiction! (May, 320 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston