When Libby Morrison finally acknowledges the truth about her mothers deteriorating mental health, she is faced with a new realitythe all-consuming task of full-time care giving. How will she balance caring for her aging parents and her work at Reach Out Ranch? Helping paraplegic children is more than a job, it is her calling and passion. Shes further stretched by a disabled and emotionally troubled boy who has stolen her heart. Thankfully she has her two childhood friends, Jenny and Tia, for encouragement and support.

Reese Reynolds thinks of himself as less than a man. A gunshot wound left the police officer paraplegic. Hes bitterangry with himself, and seemingly the world in general. Then he meets the unremitting optimist, Libby Morrison. Her faith in God intrigues him.

A charming love story, sweetened with hope, Judy Baers second novel in her Three Friends series is a sure pleasera perfect book to complement a cozy cup of hot cocoa. (Mar., 250 pp., $9.99)

Reviewed by: 
Roberta Blair