While Steel's latest lacks the emotional depth of some of her earlier novels, it is still an entertaining read complete with an uplifting ending.

Johnny Peterson is a California teenager loved by all—he's a great athlete, class valedictorian and a wonderful brother adored by his younger siblings, Charlotte and Bobby. But a devastating car accident on prom night takes Johnny's life, leaving behind a distraught girlfriend and forlorn mother.

As Johnny's family and friends try to cope with his sudden death, his father begins drinking more, and his mother's sudden illness sends her to the hospital, fighting for her life.

But it is Johnny's appearance as an angel to his mother that allows his friends and family to begin the process of closure, as he performs some miracles of his own.

(Jul., 181 pp., $19.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick