Beloved author Deborah Smith made her long-awaited hardcover debut with a lyrical, beautiful story told from a unique young woman's perspective. This incredibly magical book will bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your heart. This is storytelling at its very best!

In small Dunderry, Georgia, Claire is growing up as the pampered daughter of loving, wealthy parents. Roan Sullivan, on the other hand, began life as an abused, neglected child with an alcoholic father. Only Claire sees through the dirt and bravado to the lonely, sensitive boy beneath. Although Roan is five years older than Claire, their bond grows, but violence and tragedy rip the two apart.

Twenty years after Roan vanishes from Dunderry, Claire still yearns for news of the boy she loved. As a respected reporter in Florida, Claire becomes involved in a spousal abuse case that ends with a murder/suicide and severe injuries for Claire. With her leg shattered and months of rehabilitation ahead of her, Claire returns to Dunderry. Roan has kept track of Claire over the years and her narrow escape makes him resolve to re-enter her life.

However, to many in Dunderry, Roan's sudden reappearance is less a blessing than a curse. The secrets he can expose could change the town forever.

(June, 320 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith