Youthful passion came with a high price for Gayla Patton. As a teenager, she fell in love with Graham Whelan, the son of Gaylas mothers employers. The result of that affair is Allison, Gaylas 13-year-old daughter. As Gayla moved on with her life and Graham married, she kept secret Allisons fathers identity. Now, Graham has suddenly returned and may soon discover the truth.

David Alan Kinney has made a few mistakes in his life. The one person who has always believed in him is Gaylas mother, Sylvia Patton. An orphan raised by Sylvia, David fell in with the wrong crowd. After serving time in prison, David has begun a new life as an artist. Fate takes a hand when he is offered a chance to display his work at the New York art gallery that Gayla runs.

Shocked to see the new David, Gayla realizes that the once angry young man has changed in ways that are hard to ignore. Gaylas life is complicated enough; getting involved with David would only make it worse.

Nobody does family drama better than Sandra Kitt. FAMILY AFFAIR is infused with the loving spirit and challenges faced by this special family. (May, 368 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith