Once upon a time, Annie Markham and Jake Mead were young and in love. But a misunderstanding caused their relationship to end prematurely. They never got over each other, though, and they never got closure.

Seven years later, their paths cross again. Annie's family's business is in trouble, and Jake is hired to try to save it. Annie is shocked and angry but keeps quiet because she doesn't feel she can tell anyone about her past with Jake. But what if Jake wants revenge?

Inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion, Nathan renders human and believable characters, including a colorful supporting cast, and the reunion between Annie and Jake provides drama and humor. This novel can be a bit tedious—it takes a while for Annie to see Jake for the first time and for them to admit their attraction—but ultimately it's satisfying when Annie finally stands up for herself. (Sep., 352 pp. $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Samantha J. Gust