With her special brand of rich emotional content and compelling drama, Mariah Stewart is certain to delight readers everywhere. Ms. Stewart just keeps on getting better and better with each new book!

India Devlin can not fathom why someone would wish to kill her beloved older brother Ry, a well loved and respected man. Someone apparently harbored a secret motive, for Ry was murdered at the steps of the old Devlin lighthouse. Tragedy has struck the Devlin family many times over the years; two years ago, Ry's new wife Maris died in an accident leaving behind a young daughter, Corri. Ry so loved the six year-old that he instigated formal adoption proceedings. Now all Corri has left is India and Aunt August.

India, an Assistant DA for Paloma, PA, is determined to solve the mystery of her brother's death. Marine Biologist Nick Enright has been Ry's close friend since college. IT was Nick who witnessed strange lights flashing over at the old lighthouse. Upon investigation, Nick discovered a mortally wounded Ry at the bottom of the staircase.

With her brother gone, it will be up to India and Aunt August to raise young Corri and manage the extensive land holdings of the Devlin Trust. India is torn, however, between the job she feels compelled to pursue in the city, and the child who needs her on the shores of Delaware Bay. Nick too begins to pull on India's tangled emotions. Change is in the air, and motives and ghosts from the past must be faced and tamed if the future is to be preserved.

(Aug., 372 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith