Spoiled rich girl Karen Butler finds her estranged grandmother and disappointment: the familys Golden T Ranch is not the wealthy spread shed imagined. Her grandmother turned the run-down ranch into a summer camp for troubled teens.

Grandma Sophias right-hand man, Dusty Stoffard, recognizes pain behind Karens arrogant facade. As Karen becomes involved with the Golden T family, she opens up to love. Her experience with love is expanded by reading the diaries of Sophias sister, Karens great aunt.

Robin explores themes of disillusion and finding meaning in life by comparing the spiritual journeys of women from very different generations. Although the lessons are a bit too obtrusive, Whispers from Yesterday is an inspiring read. (Sep., 416 pp., $11.95)

Reviewed by: 
Roberta Updegraff