The mother Lucas Scott never knew has died. For reasons he doesn't understand, she's left him as executor and beneficiary of her will. Lucas learns that Rachel Givens is also one of the beneficiaries and that the terms of the will tie this complete stranger to him.

Lucas doesn't feel grief at his mother's death; he feels deep pain, resentment and anger that he didn't get to know her. While spending time with Rachel at his mother's home in Highland Beach, Maryland, secrets and revelations are aired.

This second book in a four-part summer series is an affecting story where acute awareness of Lucas' pain and hurt, as well as the powerfully strong feelings that develop between him and Rachel, are part of the strong pull of Kitt's tale. Smooth, consistent pacing and deep emotion make Southern Comfort an excellent read. (Jul., 320 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Robin Taylor