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Since Christine Bristol's mother abandoned her and her brother, she's never given up trying to reunite her family. She fumes when she discovers some hidden letters that might help her find her mother. The letters from Tucker Trudeau -- whom Christine has loved for the past three years, since she met him at the tender age of 13 -- give her direction and hope.

Headstrong Christine joins Tucker and his mother on a cross-country trip, following increasingly troubling clues about her own mother and her whereabouts. Can she find the love and family she deeply desires?

Even though a 16-year-old seeking marriage was common in the 1860s, it is unsettling to read about today. Sexual references and frequent swearing are offensive and make it impossible to recommend Hubbard's novel for its intended Christian audience. Also, the plot takes some wild, unbelievable leaps, and may not engage readers in the story, and the characters are hard to sympathize with. (Jul., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel