This is a story of friendship and love, set against a background of some real history. Alers' descriptive language and the history of the Gullah make this book fascinating. From their first introduction, the main characters are exceptionally likable. The supporting cast is also interesting. A joy to read.

Psychologist Hope Sutton vacillates when her boyfriend, K.C., asks her to marry him. The timing is wrong: She might be relocating and has just been diagnosed with endometriosis. When she discovers K.C. has a secret that makes marriage impossible, Hope retreats to McKinnon Island to help her mind and body heal.

There she meets Rebecca, a wealthy stay-at-home mom who is taking a vacation alone. The duo is rounded out with the addition of Theodore, a screenwriter who is guardian of his three teenage half-siblings.

Through the friendship and love they share, these people discover new directions and purposes for their lives.

(May, 278 pp., $13.00)

Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley