PULL OF THE MOON
Twenty-five years ago, little Valentina Meadows was taken from her bed while her parents threw a lavish birthday party downstairs. There were no clues, and no body was ever found, leaving her mother, Rita, to believe her daughter is still alive -- and is newly arrived television reporter Valerie Zea. Valentina's childhood friend Nick Galloway has vowed to protect Rita from imposters, and he doesn't trust Val, despite the almost instant attraction that flares between them. Sylvie Kurtz's Pull of the Moon (3) is a great missing-person story, but it suffers from a disjointed narrative as past memories overlap contemporary scenes.