Avon, Oct 2003, 6.99, 400 pp.
In 1952 someone nudges architect Tom Marcus' car over the edge of the road. His wife and two children die in the crash. After recovering in the hospital Tom is not the same as he goes through the motion at work and comes home to a lonely London flat. Tom eventually quits his job and relocates far away from London, but stops to say goodbye at the cemetery. After he leaves someone tosses Tom's bouquet away and replaces them with flowers.
Kathy Wilson also leaves London when she learns her beloved dad had an affair in Dorset that included a house that has been deeded to her. Just leaving behind her hateful mother and sister is a winner for Kathy. In her new home Kathy meets a hurting Tom still mourning his loss. As they fall in love, Tom knows he cannot fully move on until he uncovers the stranger that ran him off the road and killed his family members, as he owes Kathy his total loyalty.
This is an engaging second chance at love with a bit of intrigue and a historical feel to the tale. The plot is at its best when two individuals with divergent reasons for not starting a relationship are attracted to one another. When Tom turns amateur sleuth and tries to track down the villain it feels as if the author tried for a shocking twist that takes away from a deep character study that fans will enjoy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner