This novel is Ray's finest work to date. Extremely well-written characters display a wide array of emotions—individuals whose lives and loves intermingle in each other's story and a plot that flows smoothly from the first page to the last.

Rafe and Kristen were secondary characters introduced in The Turning Point. Rafe was severely abused while growing up and Kristen struggles from "perfect daughter" syndrome. Now, after Rafe has to rescue Kristen from a compromising situation, a friendship is sparked. It's something that she wants but he does not for fear that he's inherited his father's volatile and abusive tendencies.

Even the surrounding characters' stories are so well crafted that they enhance rather than detract from Rafe and Kristen's triumphs and comfort them during their downfalls. A powerful story! (May, 352 pp., $13.95)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie R. Sims