Kensington, Sep 2001, 6.50, 384 pp.
After fifteen years of being locked up in the Donaldson Correctional Facility for the murder of his odious stepfather, a crime he insists he never committed, the state of Alabama frees Reed Conway. Upon returning to his hometown of Spring Creek, his mother and his shy stepsister warmly welcome him. His mother works as a housekeeper to the in-laws of Senator Webb Porter, who resided on the bench when Reed was convicted of murder. Webb's wife Carolyn is very upset with the parole of Reed.
Webb's daughter, Judge Ella Porter, receives an unsigned “love letter” that is similar to the ones Reed sent her fifteen years ago. Ella confronts Reed, but he insists he did not write nor send the letter and that the two he sent her fifteen years ago were out of rage at her father. Ella and Reed fall in love even as an unknown assailant begins a campaign of terror to frighten her so she will turn to her father so he can insure Reed returns to prison.
EVERY MOVE SHE MAKES is a breathless regional romantic suspense novel with two star-crossed lovers having no chance of making it together due to a shared past and an unknown villain. The story line is crisp, but employs a questionable twist to keep the villain out of the mind's of the reader though in plain sight. Still, sub-genre fans will enjoy Beverly Barton's exciting tale that never slows down for a moment.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner