In the process of building a new life for herself after three divorces, bookstore owner Sarah Connolly is almost happy. Having custody of her impetuous teenage niece, Kit, is difficult, but Sarah is still caught utterly by surprise when the girl runs away.

On a friend's advice, Sarah seeks out Father Clancy Donovan for help. Spending time with Clancy, Sarah is disconcerted by the chemistry between them. Acting on these feelings is obviously impossible, but finding Kit is their priority, and the sooner the better— for many reasons.

Gritty and realistic, MORTAL SIN is a powerfully written story. The hero's torment is depicted skillfully, and the moral and religious issues are handled with sensitivity. This is a truly exceptional book on many levels. (Mar., 384 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer