Dell, Jul 2003, 6.50, 416 pp.
Three years ago her beloved spouse Jeff died. Her in-laws were great taking their son's widow and child into their home, but now Nolie Harper needs to regain her freedom. When she inherits two cabins in Bethlehem, New York, Nolie accompanied by her reluctant five-year-old daughter Micahlyn leaves Whiskey Creek, Arkansas for her new home.
She is surprised to find the other cabin occupied as it has been rented for a year by former Boston lawyer Chase Wilson. Having served jail time over much of the last two plus years, Chase lives the life of a hermit just outside his birth town. He pities himself for having lost his practice, his house, and his wife to his former partner. However, though she is overweight, he finds Nolie quite attractive even if her daughter thinks he is the bogeyman. As the two adults fall in love, ghosts from their respective past and a lonely child threaten anything permanent. On the other hand, there is a more powerful force at work nudging the loving duo to come together.
Though the weight of woes would break through a reinforced ceiling, fans of relationship dramas will appreciate the latest Bethlehem tale. The story line stars two individuals needing fresh starts so that a joint venture seems out of the question. However, with some heavenly interference, this couple has a chance to redeem him and find new hope and happiness for her. Marilyn Pappano provides an uplifting contemporary.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner