Six years ago, Dori MacAllister fled from the only man she ever loved. A family crisis draws her home again to confront her painful past. Pastor Paul Trevelyan has waited patiently for a second chance to make their love right. A misstep could cost him his ministry. How much is he willing to risk?

A case of mixed-up baggage at the airport turns a rocky reunion into a dangerous entanglement with mobsters and police in pursuit of a set of stolen paintings. Officer Maureen Galloway is determined to catch the thieves and oust the mob from the lovely East Coast town. Just what is the Trevelyans' involvement in the case? Paul's brother, Phil, certainly seems bent on getting in the way of her investigation.

Roper rounds out her Seaside Seasons series with her usual seamless delivery and engaging characters, though weak plot points steal some of the enjoyment. (May, 336 pp., $11.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson