Michael Rhys Sullivan has spent most of his life regretting one moment's action when he was a teenager. To his everlasting regret, Rhys was involved in an auto accident that killed three people.

Twenty years later, Michael Sullivan is gone, but Rhys Hazard has risen from the ashes and, by the sweat of his brow, built the North Star Trucking Company into a multistate powerhouse based in Phoenix. He has never returned to his hometown of Osuma, WA, but when word of a horrendous flood in the town reaches him, he takes action. Buying out his estranged father's company assets allows him to open a northwest hub for his trucks.

Brina Sullivan's brother was one of those killed in Rhys' car accident, and her own marriage to John Sullivan ended in disaster. The only good things to come from that relationship are 12-year-old Jay and 5-year-old Marcy. When North Star rents out a number of rooms in her B&B, Brina is quite grateful, but discovering the identity of the man behind North Star threatens Brina's emotional state. How can she be attracted to the man who killed her brother? Can she ever forgive him?

As she has done in numerous series books, Paula Detmer Riggs displays a real gift for developing complex characters and displaying deep emotions. A very potent read! (Jun., 448 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith