WINTER'S END (4.5) by Ruth Logan Herne: Hospice worker Kayla Doherty's new patient is Marc DeHollander's father. Taking care of the farm and filling in for his father with his 14-year-old sister, leaves Marc little patience with a woman he sees as pert, pretty and saucy. But Kayla is serious about her job, and appearances can be deceiving. Her past is nothing like Marc imagines, and as he's drawn to her, he realizes she's nothing like the mother that abandoned them, but one after his own heart. Herne's wonderfully empathic story addresses the difficulty of accepting the imminent death of a loved one and the necessity of accepting God's will.