Emma Killian had very good reasons for leaving Florida and her family's restaurant and striking out on her own. But recently she's begun to feel homesick, and the sudden and shocking death of her father brings her home.

Her mother has shut down, and her brothers aren't coping well either. The family diner is in trouble, and there are secrets surrounding the life she left and the loss of her father. She finds stability, however, in former bad boy Matt Atkins.

The Killian family had once been the only stability in Matt's life. He's also been in love with Emma for as long as he can remember. Now as the new chief of police he has the chance to aid her family, and he'll do whatever it takes to help Emma get to the bottom of things.

In a well-plotted story that tackles some tough emotional issues, Woods shines. This is a gripping read. (Sep., 400 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson