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