Even though the plot is a bit dry at times, especially in relation to secondary characters, Clara is a well-crafted and relatable character. You'll soon be as partial to Clara as the author, especially as she develops and comes out of her shell.

Scarred from a childhood accident, teacher Clara Slabaugh believes she is destined to live with her mother forever. Timothy Graber is in town to help his aunt and uncle with the spring planting and appreciates her quiet nature and loving way with children. Yet Tim has a sweetheart back home in Indiana. As they struggle to determine their path, tragedy strikes, and everything else seems insignificant in comparison. (AVON INSPIRE, May, 320 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Leslie L. McKee