It was supposed to be a bonding vacation at the family cabin for Catherine, her 15-year-old daughter Lynda, and her new fianci Tom. Lyndas father is pretty much an absentee parent, so Catherine wants Tom and Lynda to build a strong relationship.

Catherine agrees to let Lynda attend a party across the lake, but a terrible accident occurs. A spark from the bonfire ignites Lyndas sweater, and her back is severely burned. Almost as soon as the helicopter lifts off taking Lynda to a special burn unit, Catherine senses Tom beginning to edge away both physically and emotionally. All too soon it is apparent that Tom is not the man she thought and that both she and Lynda are better off without him.

Fire captain Rick Sawyer is a member of the Firefighters Burn Association, which pairs up firefighters with burn victims as an emotional support center. To Ricks surprise, the two quickly form a bond. Rick also discovers that he is thinking about Catherine much more than he would like, and not as a burn victims mother.

There is a reason why Georgia Bockoven is such a beloved and best- selling author. She writes stories that grip you, heart and soul. DISGUISED BLESSING is marvelous! (Apr., 395 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith