First loves are many times dear loves, especially when they are lost. Thirty years ago, a young Agnes Bixby married Felix Sanchez in a hurried ceremony in Mexico. When her parents were suddenly shipped overseas, Agnes was unable to contact Felix and by the time she returned from Germany, he was gone and she was told the marriage was invalid.

Soon after, Agnes Bixby became Ariel Hart and for nearly thirty years made her mark as an Academy Award-winning actress. Now the parts are slow in coming, and when Ariel's face is damaged by cancer, she decides that it is time for a new career move.

Ariel's business manager purchases the Able Body Trucking Company for Ariel to run. Despite her unfamiliarity with the trucking industry, she is determined to make it a success. Able Body Trucking's biggest and most reliable customer is Lex Sanders who owns a large produce ranch. Sparks immediately fly between the two as they both experience a strange familiarity. This can be explained by the fact that many years earlier, Felix Sanchez inherited both a new name and a ranch from his employer.

Unbeknownst to either of them, Ariel and Lex are separately searching for one another to bury old ghosts. They are rudely reminded of the dangers of the present when truck hijackers seem bent on destroying both Lex's ranch and Ariel's company. Can they discover who their real enemy is? And can their new-found love forgive the mistakes of the distant past?

Outstanding author Fern Michaels brings forth a captivating and touching tale of loves lost and found. Fans will be delighted with this new release. (Feb., 352 pp, $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith