Talk about your mismatched lovers. Bruce and Cyn are about as far apart as you can get, yet their story rings true. Foster's characters leap off the page and make you care. Wonderful storytelling!

After a life spent surviving on the mean streets, Cyn Potter has saved what money she could and is now ready to embark on a new life. To keep her sanity, Cyn developed a sassy wit that keeps her strong and focused on her goals.

Bruce Kelly has made his life's work helping people who are down on their luck. His compassionate nature and non-judgmental attitude make him a kind and warm pastor. On a return trip home to Visitation, North Carolina, Bruce spies a feisty young woman in a conflict with a truck driver.

After playing the white knight, Bruce offers to drive Cyn to Visitation. Cyn accepts, sensing there is something different about this man. Despite their disparate backgrounds and upbringings, Bruce and Cyn are perfect for each other.

But can Cyn overcome her innate distrust of men to see Bruce as he really is? And will she survive to do that? Unfortunately, danger and evil from her past are following her into the future.

(Jul., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith