Happily married for 24 years and
the mother of two, teacher Susannah Nelson has a life most women would envy. But since her father's recent death, she has become increasingly
restless -- and her thoughts have turned toward her first love, Jake Presley, more than once.

When Susannah is forced to
return to her hometown to deal
with her elderly mother's sudden
decline, she takes the opportunity
to renew some old acquaintances
-- and try to learn what became
of Jake. What she learns about herself,
her family and Jake in the process
surprises her in wonderful and
terrible ways.

One of Macomber's great strengths
is her insight into human behavior -- both admirable and ignoble. Her ability
to make her points about it without preaching is another. Though not quite
as engaging as some of her previous titles, this book utilizes both skills -- and it does have its own unique charm. (May, 352 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer