The auction of her family home and possessions is the final blow for young Rachel Austin. Rachel nursed her mother through her final illness, only to collapse when the foreclosure becomes inevitable. Not even the steadfast love of her neighbor/lover Houston Bookout can console Rachel. She decides to leave Mirage, Texas, with its poverty and all its memories far behind, and boards a bus for NYC.

Fate takes a hand when Rachel is kind to an elderly fellow traveler who turns out to be a wealthy and powerful woman. Through Esther Goodman, Rachel gets a job working at the Crystal Room and the opportunity to build a modeling career.

Once Maris Binder gets a look at Rachels incredible face, she knows that she is perfect for the upcoming Timeless campaign. With fame, however, can come danger, as Rachel unwittingly becomes the focus of a dangerously obsessive fan.

Since Rachels departure, times have changed for Houston as well. He is no longer the struggling rancher, but still he cant remove Rachel from his heart. The connection he feels is so strong that Houston senses when shes in deadly danger. Can he locate her in time?

TOUCHSTONE is vintage storytelling from the prolific pen of Dinah McCall (aka Sharon Sala). (Dec., 405 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith