Everybody always worried about JT Douchett. As the youngest brother, he was the last to go to war and the last to come home — and since he got back, he has done nothing except drink. So when a security detail is needed for the famous movie star who’s coming in for the film festival, it seems a perfect opportunity to give JT something constructive to do.
Mary Joyce surprises herself by agreeing to appear at the Shelter Bay film festival, but she has fond memories of the town from her childhood. However, she could do without the scowling, terse and pushy babysitter who is supposed to stick by her side for the duration of her visit. But neither the movie queen nor the emotionally scarred soldier are able to resist the healing power of the misty bay — or each other. (SIGNET, Jul., 352 pp., $7.99)