Bethany House, Jan 2004, 12.99, 288 pp.
Since leaving Florida when her best friend, her septuagenarian boss, became so ill his children took custody of him, Alessi Moore desperately seeks a sign that there is hope for her. In Charity, she sees the halo encircle the sun and for the first time witnesses snow falling. Alessi feels she has arrived at where she belongs because only good things have occurred to her whenever she has seen a halo.
The small town scene looks majestic to Alessi until she stops for gas only to suddenly find that her convertible and everything she owns is stolen except the clothing she wears. Stunned and frightened by the setback in this bucolic environs, Alessi begins to doubt the halo magic. Alessi meets rare book store owner Steve Bennet who thinks she is a con artist pulling a “Pollyanna” stunt. However, he hires her to take care of his customers as he catalogues a new estate purchase. As she begins to break through his cynicism, they fall in love, but she becomes the unfortunate victim of a previous tragedy allowed to fester just as Steve declares he needs her forever.
HALOS is a charming contemporary romance that is the perfect post holiday stuffer for those needing an inspirational lift from the January wintry blues. The story line focuses on the relationship and love between a Pollyanna Mary Poppins and a Doubting Thomas. Though a bit of suspense leads to the final “two” miracles, that feels out of place for this strong stirring “do you believe in miracles” romance.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner