THE PIED PIPER'S BRIDE
In Myrna Mackenzie's uniquely plotted THE PIED PIPER'S BRIDE (3), the town of Red Rose, Illinois, is slowly dying. The tightly-knit community believes Parker Monroe, their former golden boy, who made good and moved away, is their last hope and convince shy Ellie to go to Chicago to bring him home. Guilt-ridden Parker feels partly responsible and agrees to return. While Parker and Ellie are admirable, likable characters, their chemistry feels forced and uneven. One minute, Ellie's timid and the next she's boldly flirting. Also, Parker's fear that he's inherited his father's faithlessness is unconvincing and, ultimately, a weak barrier to romance.