Jasmine Jones doesnt think a whole lot of men. Each one is pretty much like the next, after only one thing. Her world revolves solely around her seven-year-old son, Baxter.

A twist of fate places Luke Brand in Quinn, Texas, where he finds a deep sense of family and a true feeling of belonging for the first time in his life. Now, hes about to start freshsettle down, buy a house, find a wife, and maybe have a few kids.

One minute Jasmine is picking up her paycheck from work, the next she and Baxter are dodging bullets and running for their lives. Hitting the road in search of a safe haven, they soon find themselves under Lukes roof and at his mercy. Its only a matter of time before love is in the air.

In Maggie Shaynes newest Texas Brand, THE HOMECOMING, you will find clearly defined characters with serious challenges placed before them. The plot is thick with emotional conflict, intrigue, and, of course, remarkable characters. It was refreshing to read about people who were not perfect and did what they had to do in order to survive. (Kleenex alert) (Jun., 296 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Pamela Tullos