A small teenage rebellion goes horribly wrong in Roberts’ latest tale of secrecy, danger and romance. Elizabeth/ Abigail is a fascinating character; both amazingly self-reliant and emotionally isolated. Watching her emotional boundaries get challenged by the determined hero is charming and fun. Romantic suspense fans can’t go wrong with this terrific blend of looming danger and unusual courtship. A really great read!
Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Finch has obeyed her mother’s rules her whole life, but one night she lets loose and goes to a nightclub. After too much alcohol, she winds up at a house where she witnesses the double murder of her friend and a member of the Russian mafia. While in the witness protection program, Elizabeth narrowly escapes death again and this time she goes underground. Twelve years later, she resurfaces as Abigail Lowery, making a new life in a small town in the Ozarks. Brooks Gleason has returned home to become the chief of police. Romantically unattached, Brooks is intrigued by prickly and secretive Abigail. For the first time in her life Abigail considers entering a relationship, but does she dare tell Brooks the truth about her past? (PUTNAM, Apr., 480 pp., $27.95)