Reporter Tyler Jamison has been in tricky situations before, though none held such personal importance. His brother, Mark, was recently in a car accident that severely injured him and killed his wife. Only Amelia, Mark's adopted 8-year-old daughter, was unharmed.

Now the past is threatening to take away Amelia. An attorney is trying to trace her whereabouts, reportedly at the request of her birth mother. Since the adoption itself was less than legal, Mark is frantic that he'll lose Amelia. Tyler agrees to help track down the biological mother.

Eight years ago, the McKenna family made history as Duncan McKenna and his three teenage daughters won the Winston Around the World Sailing Challenge. Kate McKenna wants nothing to do with reporters or any rehashing of that fateful race. However, Tyler is charming and persistent. The emotional scars Kate and her sisters carry have colored their lives. Is it time to face the past and move forward?

Barbara Freethy has devised a multifaceted and absorbing story of passion, loss, obsession and death that unfolds in a fascinating, dramatic fashion. The unveiling of these secrets creates an emotional reading experience. (May, 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith