Anna Prescott has a slew of overprotective male relatives, enough to scare away any man in his right mind. It's because of this that she's kept quiet about her crush on her brother's best friend. Finally, though, it seems she might have a shot at turning her girlhood fantasy into reality.

Professional football star Gavin Mathis has watched Anna blossom into womanhood. She's the ideal person to help when he suddenly finds himself guardian of his younger brothers. Anna's constant presence in Gavin's life forces him to recognize the woman Anna's become.

Written in her classic style, this is yet another memorable novel from Ford. It will enrapture readers with its intensely emotional tale of love, trust and family values. (Dec., 402 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
T.L. Burton