A busy E.R. is enough to fill the empty life of Dr. Cheyenne Allison, who can't find any reason to believe in God. Then her sister dies while under her medical care, sending Cheyenne on an emotional downward spiral. Trying to escape the guilt and nightmares, Cheyenne flees to Hideaway, Missouri.

There, Dane Gideon is devoted to the foster boys living on his ranch. But someone is committing violent acts in town, and all signs seem to point to his boys. Not only must Dane deal with the town's suspicions, he must also struggle with shadows from his own past.

Hideaway offers a place of peace and solitude for Cheyenne, especially when her loveable elderly neighbors intrude in her life. She's forced to decide if she really wants to return to the big city ER, or if Hideaway holds the answers to her unrest.

While the mystery of the vandal somewhat clouds the main plot, Alexander weaves the spiritual, romance and mystery elements together in a satisfactory ending. (Oct., 336 pp., $12.95)

Reviewed by: 
Beth Goddard