Brandt Hughes, the brother of the heroine in Three Wishes, has never been able to forgive himself for the events that caused the death of his wife and young son. He's struggling to get through one day at a time, and losing the battle, when his best friend asks him to come down to Florida, partly to restore an old mission but also to guard his friend's sister.

Psychologist Willow Zane has a background full of pain. Using her knowledge, she has written a successful self-help book, and is now turning the mission into a retreat for those needing healing. When she meets Brandt, she recognizes he needs help -- but he doesn't want to accept it. Willow also has to escape her past and allow herself to heal.

Wonderful, complex characters are slowly developed so the reader clearly understands them and shares their emotions. The mystery is interesting but never so intrusive that it takes away from the strong relationship growing between Willow and Brandt. (Mar., 220 pp., $9.95)
Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor