A SOUTH TEXAS CHRISTMAS
Against her amnesiac mother's wishes, bookkeeper Raine Crockett spends months looking for her father. Eventually, her search leads to attorney Neil Rankin, who's seeking his friend's long-lost mother. Could she be Raine's mother? To investigate, he's willing to visit Texas --and fake an engagement to get closer to the situation. Then pretense leads to an affair that can't last -- at least as far as Neil's concerned. Stella Bagwell's A South Texas Christmas (2) has a strong core conflict, but the story doesn't come together because the elements and/or explanations that would have added impact are revealed too late, or rushed through. The bogus engagement doesn't help, either.