Powerhouse author Luanne Rice returns with a novel that is guaranteed to wrench your emotional heartstrings. Deeply moving and rich with emotion, this is another one of Ms. Rice's classics.NOTE: In Hardcover this title was a TOP PICK.

For nearly 12 years, Dianne Robbins has cared for her severely handicapped child, Julia, without the support of her ex-husband Tim McIntosh. It is Tim's brother, Dr. Alan McIntosh, who has stood by Dianne and Julia for the past decade. Alan and Dianne know that if Julia continues to grow, her underdeveloped organs will begin to fail.

Twelve-year-old Amy Brooks is healthy in body but suffering in soul. It is Alan's idea to unite these children. From the start, Amy and Julia form a private bond and soon Amy is a vital part of their household.

But change is coming whether they like it or not. How they each face the coming crisis will determine their chances for future happiness.

(Jan., 368 pp., $19.00—Hardcover published February 2000)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith