Violette Corterm had it all at one time: a career as an artist finally about to take off, supportive friends and a loving husband, Saul. But when her spouse died, so did Violette's zest for life. A few years after her loss, she has made a quiet life for herself and, even met someone. Will she allow his love to draw her from her grief, or will Saul manage to hold on to her heart?

Dr. Christian Roch finds it ironic that he's a couples therapist, because he can't seem to sort things out with Violette. Though his heart tells him there is hope, his mind tells him that Violette just loves him because he reminds her of someone else. He too has suffered loss and is ready to love again. Will Violette be the one?

The usual widow/widower plot takes an unlikely twist in a story filled with adeptly written flashbacks. Though readers may find the ending less than stellar, the journey is a worthwhile read. (May, 272 pp., $9.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston