With a year to go before finishing her residency, Dr. Delany Poole visits the town where shell spend three years paying off her National Health Service debt. During her visit she shares an unexpected, wonderful night with Jack Shepard, who is also visiting town. Nine months later, Delany gives birth to their daughter Emily.
One year after that visit, Delany and her daughter go back to Harp Cove, Maine to begin her medical practice. But Delany is horrified to discover that Jack Shepard is not a tourist, but the local high school football coach. Determined to keep Emilys parentage a secret, Delanys fabrications grow more and more convoluted. What will happen when Jack discovers the truth?
Author Elaine Fox enacts a dynamic voice for romance fiction. Unfortunately, I had trouble believing the necessity for Delanys escalating series of lies. (Aug., 384 pp., $5.99)