Sally John delivers an intense and emotionally satisfying reminder that our lives can change IN A HEARTBEAT (4). Vic Koski is Rachel Goldberg's knight in shining armor. Ever since the dedicated Chicago firefighter spoke to her fourth-grade class about his job and literally swept her off her feet in a fireman's carry, they have been madly in love. Now, after years of happy marriage, Rachel's longing for Vic's child becomes an obsession. She cannot understand why God has denied her request. The unexpected answer brings joy in the face of tragedy, and Rachel's life will never be the same again. A few slow moments are overcome by compelling characterization. (Jan., 400 pp., $10.99)

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Jill Elizabeth Nelson