Sixteen years ago Jessie Ryder had just accepted a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world as a photojournalist when she discovered she was pregnant. It was decided that her sister, Luz, and Luz's new husband, Ian, would adopt the child and Jessie would follow her career path.

Despite contact via phone calls, cards and e-mails, the sisters have not seen one another since. But now that Jessie is ill, she plans to tie up some loose ends while she still has the chance. First on her list is a visit with her daughter, Lila, who has become quite a handful.

While Luz is thrilled to be reunited with her sister, Jessie's return has the potential to stir up all kinds of trouble. As Jessie's world begins to change—and with the fates of so many in her hands—the one thing she doesn't need is a man. Enter Dusty Matlock and his delightful toddler daughter. Although Dusty has troubles and sorrows of his own, he and Jessie are drawn together, even while wishing they weren't.

Wiggs tackles some very difficult family issues in this tightly woven tale. Cleverly uncovering secrets at the perfect pace, she draws you into the tale with each passing page, allowing her characters' emotions and motivations to flow out of the book and into your heart. (Apr., 384 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson