Laurel's world has been turned upside down. Her job has been put on hold while the IRS investigates her boss and lover for possible links to terrorism. Being questioned by the authorities and having her face on the news is not what she wants or needs. This New Yorker gets the break and change of scenery she longs for when she learns that she's inherited a piece of land down in the Carolinas.

In the South, Laurel finds family she didn't know she had, a job in a craft store and distance from her boss and the trouble he has gotten into. But after an accidental meeting with her new landlord, Laurel thinks that she is better off in New York.

Cody, her landlord, is arrogant and standoffish. He has a daughter and an Afghan hound that likes to dig. But what Laurel thinks is a relationship best avoided turns out to be the one thing that she's been looking for. Will she be able to stay one step ahead of the bad guys who have followed her south and find a home with the one man that seems to be her polar opposite?

This is a nice, fun and interesting read. Browning has a reputation for writing feel-good books, and this is no exception. (Sep., 448 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kristi Ahlers