Caroline Collier takes a leave of absence from her high-pressure accounting job in Atlanta to return to her mother's mountain home in North Carolina. She and her mother, Margaret, have been emotionally distant since the death of Caroline's brother Jude more than a decade ago.

Though Caroline has built a wall around her emotions, her tender side emerges when she meets Jewel, the teenage daughter of Shelby, Caroline's deceased childhood friend. When Caroline agrees to help Jewel and her grandmother make a quilt in Shelby's honor, she never dreams that she will fall for Jewel's father, a talented furniture-maker with emotional secrets.

Heartwarming and intense, White's latest transports the reader to the idyll of the North Carolina mountains in a tale that resonates with the meaning of unconditional love. The characters' past tragedies are turned into hope for future happiness in this moving novel. (Apr., 288 pp., $12.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick