This is a wonderful, gentle romance about childhood friends who realize that their feelings run deeper than just friendship. The ending is very satisfying, especially because more than one kind of love is exemplified. The little boy is quite an addition to the story.
Hank never really left; he stayed close to home to raise his son, Cody. Once best friends, Hank and Lacey had drifted apart. In high school, she realized that she would never be his girlfriend, and he would never know she longed to see passion, not compassion, in his eyes. Now that Cody's mother, who rejected her son at his birth, is returning, will Lacey once again be there for Hank? (Avalon, Apr., 198 pp., $23.95)