Michelle Turner had grown up in the glare of the Hollywood spotlight. She didnt live with her legendary actor father, Gavin Slade, until after the sudden death of her mother when she was a teen. Gavin had moved away from Hollywood for Crystal City, Montana. When Michelle arrived, she found herself in an unfamiliar world.

Her fathers unbending attitude made Michelle leave Crystal City 17 years ago, frightened and pregnant. Now Gavin faces a critical health crisis and Michelle is forced to go to him. Her son, 16-year-old Cody, has hit a difficult age, and Michelles teenage love and the father of Cody, Sam McPhee, has also returned to town.

All of them have serious emotional baggage blocking their way. Are the rifts too great, or can strong relationships be built despite the past?

Award-winning author Susan Wiggs proves that her voice is just as powerful and moving in mainstream fiction as it is in the historical format. Heres hoping this is just the first of many new contemporary novels. (Jan., 514 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith