Born of unusual circumstances, John King always wondered why his grandmother was never maternal toward him. Having seen her dole out affection to numerous cousins, he was always baffled that she never once hugged or caressed him.

Connie Rodgers' mother abandoned her and her siblings and took off with her then boyfriend. Living in foster care had taken its toll on Connie and she runs away, figuring life will be simpler this way.

When John and Connie meet, it is as if they've each found the lost halves of their souls. Although they're from slightly different backgrounds, their pasts help bring them closer. Together, they find they can overcome anything and for the first time have their shot at true love.

If you're looking for a heart-wrenching love story, this novel will not disappoint. Author J.D. Mason explores the believable and intriguing lives of John, Connie and those around them. Despite a slow start, this tale is worth sticking with to the end. (Sep., 329 p.p., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
T.L. Burton