After a slow start, Sargeant's novel develops into an interesting drama
with many twists. Readers will root
for Joan as she acknowledges that
she wants to take control of her life. The decisions that the characters make will have you rooting for their future happiness as well.
Joan makes the fateful decision to reveal her secret to her parents, at the urging of her new lover. The fallout is heartbreaking for Joan, but it also helps Ron come to terms with the frail relations he has with his own family. (DAFINA, Jun., 313 pp., $6.99)