THE WAY BACK HOME
This is an enjoyable story with likable characters who struggle with grief and fear, each in different ways and yet the same. The bit of suspense and mystery is nicely done and it’s easy to care about all the characters and hope for the best for them.
Alicia Hayden is struggling to keep her family-owned rafting adventure company in business after the accident that injured her father, killed one of the local men and nearly drowned her. Added to that is the grief from the loss of her twin brother, Rob, a Marine. Now Gabe Ryder, Rob’s best friend and fellow Marine, claims Rob gave him his house and asked him to take care of his family. Alicia doesn’t want him here; she blames him for Rob’s death, though she knows that’s not fair. Gabe, who has never been so drawn to a woman, doesn’t believe he can be the husband and father she needs. But when things start happening that could put her in harm’s way, he is determined to see she stays safe. (POCKET, Jul., 384 pp., $7.99)