Deputy Sheriff Sam Canfield has been scarred by life. Raised by a fire-and-brimstone preacher, he never quite measured up. When Sam decided to go into police work, his father disowned him, and since then, the two haven't spoken. Fifteen years later, Sam married and then lost his young wife when she died tragically. He now walks miserably through life.

Mary McKinney is a high school teacher who keeps to herself. No one knows that tragedy has touched her life as well through the death of her young son. Now living in Whisper Creek, she suffers nightmares and feelings of inadequacy.

When Sam's father, Elijah Canfield, comes to town, his life is shaken. He and Mary have begun to notice each other in a way neither is ready for. A forest fire has started and seems to be heading the way of Whisper Creek. The fire mirrors their lives burning out of control.

The ever-impressive Rachel Lee once again demonstrates a skill for storytelling. She has a way with words that allows readers to truly "see" her remarkable tales. This novel of healing and redemption is a true delight. (Feb., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson