Wingate delivers readers back to Daily, Texas, with another touching tale. The infusion of humor and well-drawn characters are just what one needs to pass the long, gray days of winter. The alternating first-person viewpoints of the two main characters give an intimate feel to the story.

Donetta Bradford has finally convinced her two best friends to accompany her on a cruise, since her stick-in-the-mud husband would never consider going. The women arrive on the Gulf Coast at the same time as a major hurricane and must brave the elements to try to return home to their small Texas town.

Kai Miller, an unattached young woman who makes her living on cruise ships, also must escape the coming storm. Circumstances bring her together with the women, and she ends up in Daily -- where she finds new friends and a possible romance. (BETHANY HOUSE, Feb., 352 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel