ONCE UPON A DAY
In St. Louis, Dorothea meets cab driver Stephen Spaulding, who gave up his medical practice when his wife and child died in a horrible car accident. Stephen, drawn to her intellect and social innocence, helps Dorothea search for Jimmy. Then circumstances force Charles to reveal long-hidden secrets, forever altering Dorothea's and Jimmy's lives.
Tucker's poignant touch resonates throughout the novel, highlighting the characters' life-changing events and their tragic aftermath. The author gives readers a multifaceted view of the reasons behind Charles' solitary life, unearthing the past that forms the cement of this completely engrossing read. (Apr., 339 pp., $24.00)