Interior designer Abigail Swanson has just become an aunt for the second time. Her biological clock is ticking, especially when she gets some devastating medical news. Her brother-in- law, Mason Penney, returns first for his brother's wedding to Abigail's sister, then for the birth of his brother's second child. Along the way, Mason realizes that he and Abigail share powerful feelings.

Yet Mason's life is very unsettled, and their relationship is quickly de-railed. When Abigail finds out she has breast cancer, Mason re-enters her life. Unfortunately, longstanding family tension and a secret that Mason is keeping from Abigail could keep this couple from finding the love they both need and deserve.

Arthur writes an emotionally compelling story. Just about any woman can relate to Abigail's desire to be a mother, which is confused and threatened by a cancer diagnosis. Yet hope and love are close allies when Mason and Abigail work together to create their own form of Unconditional love. There is some excess emotional baggage in this story, but Abigail's strength of character goes a long way to tending to past hurts. (May, 220 pp., $9.95)
Reviewed by: 
Robin Taylor