This interesting, character-driven novel has numerous moments of redundancy that slow the pace. Still, it's a good story for those willing to stick with it.
Lily is married to Paul, the
love of her life, but is unhappy. She begins to wonder if she's still in love
with her husband. As she struggles
with an ever-present sense of loss and
the lack of an intimate connection with Paul, she decides to spend the summer
at her home in Stone Creek. That's where she meets Danny, a widower with a 5-year-old son, who's trying to pull his life back together. The constant conflict and animosity he feels when dealing with his mother-in-law is starting to take a toll.
As Danny and Lily work on a project for a local charity, it's his son Caleb who draws the two together as he grows attached to Lily. They find themselves fighting a growing attraction. Meanwhile, Paul feels something is wrong in his marriage. However, being assigned to an important case at work, he is at a loss on how exactly to handle it. (HARPER, Jun., 384 pp., $13.95)