A CREED IN STONE CREEK
This is the first in a new trilogy featuring two Creed brothers and a cousin, and is peopled with many familiar faces. The boy, the dog, the octogenarians and the parade add a nice amount of humor, while the troubled youth and his desire to make something of his life is emotionally touching. Miller once again tells a memorable tale.
Lawyer Steven Creed moves to Stone Creek to settle down and raise 5-year-old Matt, the son of his now-deceased best friend. Determined to fix up the run-down ranch he bought, he doesn’t plan on falling for the local county prosecutor, Melissa O’Ballivan. Melissa hasn’t been involved with a man since her last breakup two years ago. And she doesn’t want to be involved, but can’t help being attracted to Steven and loving Matt. The course of attraction and, perhaps love, is very rocky for this dedicated defense lawyer and by-the-book prosecutor, even if a very smart 5-year-old longs for a parade, a dog, a pony and a mom named Melissa. (HQN, Mar., 384 pp., $7.99)