Ortolon takes a basic storyline and develops it in a wonderful way. The romances, both past and present, are heartwarming, and the characters are fascinating. The captivating mystery and depiction of small-town life creates a story you won't want to end.

Riley left Hope, Texas, 11 years ago, vowing to never return. Yet here she is, living in her grandmother's house and singing at the local restaurant. When she left, she harbored unrequited love for nerdy Jackson Hope, but she thinks the years away have put an end to that -- until she sees him again.

Now a lawyer, and back in Hope to sell the old music hall, Jackson is once again drawn into the life of the town and attracted to Riley. But will their fledgling relationship weather the storm when the townspeople discover he plans to tear down the music hall? (Signet Eclipse, Sep., 304 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley