Cord Romero and Maggie Barton have known each other for years, since they were taken in by the same foster mother 18 years earlier. Maggie adored Cord and clung to him until the night that tore them apart.

Now Maggie has rushed to Cord's side after an explosion has left him blinded, only to discover he didn't ask for her help and seems to be doing all he can to push her away. Alone, and having just quit her job to come to his side, Maggie decides it is time to cut Cord from her life.

When Cord comes to his senses, it's almost too late. And when he comes to Maggie, she admits to wanting him, but things from her past keep her from allowing herself to get too close.

Ms. Palmer masterfully weaves a tale that entices on many levels, blending adventure and strong human emotion into a great read. (Jul., 304 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson