Reporter Angel Buchanan thought she had come to terms with her celebrity father's abandonment decades ago.

Yet when she learns of his tragic death, anger and resentment bring Angel to the conclusion that the world needs to know the truth about world-famous artist Stephen Whitney.

Angel arrives in Carmel, California, for his funeral, where she discovers she has a teenage half-sister named Katie. She also meets Katie's attractive uncle, Cooper Jones, a formerly aggressive San Francisco attorney who reconsidered his life after a premature heart attack. Meanwhile, Stephen's widow and her twin sister are struggling to cope with their grief and guilt. The more Angel learns about her father's second family, the more conflicted she becomes.

Family traumas, life-changing events and high-voltage attraction make this Ridgway's best book to date. All of the characters have faced love and loss—how they deal with it speaks volumes about them. (Jan., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith