Ever since childhood, Felicity Charm has been determined to stay away from her family's legendary con-artist tendencies. Still, some of those genetic traits seem inescapable. Now a top-rated shopping-channel salesperson, Felicity can sell just about anything. Then her Aunt Vi calls and begs her to come home to Half Palm to locate her missing cousin.

As she drives through the desert, Felicity's car fishtails out of control and smashes into rock climber Michael Magee's Jeep, and they're stranded. A wild night with Michael makes Felicity consider throwing caution to the wind. But it turns out that Michael and Felicity are connected by more then they know. His deceased best friend Simon was married to another cousin of Felicity's, and Michael promised to take care of her and their daughter.

Survivor's guilt and impossible promises add to the complicated mix of emotions and passion. Although Felicity's missing cousin is simply used as a device to get Felicity back home, Ridgway's distinctive storytelling makes this book a winner on all counts. (Nov., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith