Roberts returns to her romantic roots with a delightful tale about neighbors discovering each other. The gentle flow of this book mirrors the burgeoning courtship, but it's accented with intrigue and danger. Roberts really knows how to tell a great story.
As she begins the project she meets her intriguing neighbor, Ford Sawyer, and his charmingly ugly dog, Spock. Ford is a successful graphic artist who's attracted to and inspired by Cilla. When she discovers a secret stash of letters written by Janet right before her death, it suddenly opens questions regarding a local lover and a possible pregnancy. When violence and harassment follow, a stubborn Cilla decides to get to the bottom of it. (PUTNAM, Jul., 464 pp., $26.95)