Artist Mari O'Malley reluctantly agrees to move back to her small Ozark hometown to help her family after her big-city business and her love life fall to pieces. Upon her return, Mari runs into her childhood best friend and the town's former bad boy, Andy Eppelwaite.

Andy has finally gotten his life together and now helps teen boys straighten themselves out. His enthusiasm and deep convictions spur Mari to get involved also, although she's still recovering from the devastating consequences of her last relationship. To truly get close to Andy, she must confide in him the details of her past. But this brings with it a secret— one she fears Andy will neither understand nor forgive.

Corgiat tells an intricate, well-written tale of family drama. In this final installment in a trilogy, the author is careful to explain the complicated family history, so the novel can stand successfully alone. Although a major plot point hinges on a huge coincidence that, despite lengthy explanation, still feels forced, this book has a compelling story and is a satisfying read. (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel