After witnessing her mother's murder, Lacey O'Neill ran wild, as both a teenager and a young adult. She's slowly coming to terms with her mother's sins—and her own—when a number of events throw her life into turmoil. Foremost is the upcoming parole hearing for her mother's killer, which everyone in Lacey's life seems to have a conflicting opinion about. Then the death of a childhood friend gives Lacey unexpected custody of a troubled, extremely rebellious preteen, and two men—one a former lover, the other a stranger—force her to finally confront her tangled emotions.

Book 3 in Chamberlain's Keeper of the Light series is an intense read, dealing with realistic characters and situations while simultaneously exploring the universal themes of connection, redemption and forgiveness. (Feb., 384 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer