Unlike other 24-year-olds, Rebecca's life is full of work and responsibility. With a full-time job, two younger brothers and an aging grandfather to care for and a farm to tend to, she has no time for herself. Things become increasingly complicated when one of her brothers is arrested. When a romantic relationship develops between Rebecca and D.A. Kilpatrick, she can't help but wonder whether the man she's falling in love with is using her to get a conviction on her brother, or if he truly loves her and has her family's best interests at heart.

Palmer does a wonderful job of bringing forth her characters' emotions and the internal struggles. Although the plot and the ending are predictable, they make for a pleasant read. (Dec., 379 pp., $16.95)
Reviewed by: 
Nasha Kanai