Senate's page-turning comfort read
is descriptive and contains a suitable
mix of wit and romance. Her characters exemplify the universal need we all have to belong.

Rebecca Strand's life is about to change, due to a death-bed confession. She learns that, after years of wanting a sister, she has one, courtesy of an affair her father had 26 years ago. His final request is for Rebecca to find her sister, Joy.

Unlike Rebecca, Joy is quite satisfied with her current family and life and has no desire to deal with an absentee father or a sister. Will Rebecca be able to change Joy's mind and gain the sister she always dreamed of having? (DOWNTOWN, Nov., 352 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed by: 
Leslie L. McKee