A SOLDIER'S RETURN
Private investigator Carrie Abrams fell in love with Jim Barlow's photograph more than a year ago when she was asked to find him by his family. When the handsome Marine officer finally shows up, Carrie hopes a reunion with them will melt his cold demeanor. But Jim keeps the world at bay, convinced that he's a jinx because everyone he's ever loved ends up dying. The luke-warm chemistry between Carrie and Jim lacks consistency, and awkward, stilted dialogue mars A Soldier's Return (2), the third installment of Judy Christenberry's Children of Texas series.