NYC litigator Raine Cantrell should be celebrating her latest win, not flying out to Washington State to rescue three barricaded teens. Raines grandmother, Dr. Ida Lindstrom, has taken in three troubled teenage girls and when Ida winds up in the hospital after a fall, the girls probation officer wants to haul them back to detention. When Ida orders the girls to stay put, a minor problem turns into a TV-covered stand-off as Olympic County sheriff Jack OHalloran tries to coax the girls out.

Although the stand-off is resolved, the legal aftermath may be tricky. Raine is not licensed to practice in Washington, but she does her best to help her grandmother and the girls.

Unfortunately, the judge on the case insists that until Ida has recovered, Raine or her sister Savannah must stay on the premises.

Raine finds herself attracted to the widowed local sheriff. Since the death of his wife, Jack has had no interest in women. Raising a rambunctious six-year-old has provided more than enough excitement.

Few storytellers have JoAnn Rosss magical touch for creating warm and memorable characters whose lives you delight in visiting. Like cherished silver, HOMEPLACE just shines! (Mar., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith