Image of Here to Stay: A Harrigan Family Novel


Image of Here to Stay: A Harrigan Family Novel

This is another wonderful, very emotional story of the Harrigan family, which takes a look at the long-term effect of childhood abuse. The phobias of the heroine and her brother are easily believable. There is also fascinating insight into the training of guide animals and the important roles they play in the lives of the people they help.

A magazine article and a bar-room brawl put Zach Harrigan on the road to training a miniature horse, Rosebud, to be a guide for the blind. This brings Mandy Pajeck to his door. Mandy wants Rosebud for her blind 19-year-old brother, Luke. Zach is willing to give Rosebud to Luke — if they work well together. But things get off to a rocky start with Luke acting like a spoiled brat. However, as Mandy and Zach work together to help him, Zach finds out about the Pajeck siblings’ traumatic past and gradually begins to understand what shaped their relationship. He also begins to help both Mandy and Luke heal past hurts as he falls for Mandy, who makes it clear she will never marry. Will Zach be able to change her mind? (SIGNET, Feb., 432 pp., $7.99
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley