Image of The Favor


Image of The Favor

Hart’s latest has a storyline that seems promising, with an impressive opening, but it quickly deteriorates from there. It takes quite some time for the big “mystery” to be unveiled and when it does surface, it’s a huge letdown. As it moves along at a snail’s pace, this tale about broken families and relationships doesn’t fulfill its promise of romance. Many readers may find Bennett, the heroine’s son, a more favorable character than anyone else in the book because he’s so curious and colorful. Otherwise, fans of Hart may want to pass on this one, as her other works are way better.

Twenty years have passed since Janelle Decker called St. Mary’s, Penn., her home. A disturbing phone call from her uncle prompts her to leave California and return to St. Mary’s with her 12-year-old son, Bennett, to care for her grandmother, who is suffering from a brain tumor. Living with Nan again in the church-going town is bittersweet, especially when she learns the Tierney boys still live next door. Gabe Tierney and Janelle shared a special relationship when they were younger, and he has no desire to revive their past. It may have to do with the favor Janelle agreed to that tore the Tierney brothers apart. Now, they must face the truth and look back on their disturbing romance to decipher exactly why she left her hometown in the first place. (MIRA, Jul., 384 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jaime A. Geraldi