Sometimes a woman has to get away to gain perspective about her life. Erikka's life has slipped out of control. Drinking, partying and nonstop work in New Orleans have left her in need of healing. After she nearly dies in a car accident, she's sent to a mental hospital, deserted by her boyfriend and loses her job. She decides to return to the small Louisiana bayou town where she spent her childhood summers.

In the country, she has trouble finding her way. It seems that all the women she knows have problems with their men and are drawing her into their situations. Trying to learn how to balance life forces her to face her past and open her heart.

Emery's book has vivid characters and interwoven storylines that cross generations. The love story is both sweet and sexy. The complications of a small town effectively impact the tension of the story. (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor