Ms. Cresswell displays a skill for government intrigue. No stone is left unturned, and she provides enough twists and turns to keep everyone guessing. What a ride!
Summer Shepherd, daughter of the U.S. Secretary of State, is a professor at a New York City university, working diligently on environmental causes and struggling to make it on her own. Since her mother's death, Summer has felt alone. Not close to her father, and unable to stand her stepmother, Summer spends as little time as possible with them.
When Summer is kidnapped, ransom demands are sent to Duncan Ryder, a State Department employee and the brother of Summer's stepmother. Her kidnappers seek release of a Brazilian doctor whose work in the rain forest is well known.
Duncan works to secure Summer's release. Although she has never had the least bit of interest in him, he has definite feelings for Summer. And he's there for her every step of the way.
(Apr., 408 pp. $5.99)