Avon, Jun 2004, 5.99, 384 pp.
In Doolittle, Arkansas, librarian Jenifer Wright raises her twins by herself as the father dropped her the moment she mentioned pregnancy. However, she currently feels a bit lonely though surrounded by the love of her extended family because her darlings Autumn and Adam are away on college scholarships.
FBI undercover agent Eric Hamilton arrives at the library allegedly seeking information for his Virginia based investment firm. In fact Eric is trying to find the connection between Jenifer and two money laundering thugs as he has a photo of the trio together. As he meets her family and gets to know Jenifer better, Eric falls in love with her and is willing to risk his life if necessary to keep her safe. Jenifer, who has not needed a man for years, reciprocates wondering if it might be empty nest syndrome.
This is engaging romantic suspense with the emphasis on the former as the lead couple falls in love under the spot light and encouragement of her family. The story line contains neat tidbits to enhance the flavor for instance; Autumn has a track scholarship while Adam is on an academic scholarship. Tiny gems like that augment a fabulous tale even if the intrigue arrives late.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner