Perry's realistic characters deal with love and loss in the second Pleasant Valley book. The strong, original plot can be enjoyed as a stand-alone.
Rachel Brand is doing her best to raise her three children on the farm after the accidental death of her husband, Ezra. Gideon Zook, Ezra's best friend, intends to complete the greenhouse Ezra had planned as a gift to Rachel, but her family believes Rachel should sell the farm, not start a nursery. When a series of "accidents" occurs, it appears that someone is trying to force Rachel's hand. (BERKLEY, Mar., 330 pp., $14.00)