Raised at Ivy Manor in the aftermath of World War II, Linda Leigh Sinclair has never known want, yet she feels empty. Her restless heart embroils her in the Civil Rights movement and the anti- war protests surrounding the Vietnam War. Still, Leigh can't find what she's looking for.

Her grandmother insists that God loves her no matter what, but losing her best friend to drugs rattles Leigh's faith. Then a fresh tragedy leaves her vulnerable to a terrible mistake -- and an unplanned pregnancy. Maybe her mother is right and she's doomed to make a mess of her life. Certain that she's unlucky in love, Leigh shuts herself off from romance, but God has other plans.

Of the heroines in the Women of Ivy Manor series, Leigh is the most real and engaging. Cote displays a convincing feel for that particular era of U.S. history. (Jan., 304 pp., $10.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson