Avon, Feb 2002, 6.99, 384 pp.
Suffering from manic depression, Nina Lane could not cope with her sudden fame as a must read science fiction writer. Nina commits suicide three months after she gives birth to Tess. Her maternal grandparents raise the infant as far way from the Nina nonsense as possible.
About twenty-four years later with her grandparents who raised her dead and feeling all alone, Tess decides to find out about her maternal heritage. She returns to her birth town of Fleur-de-lis, Kansas where she decides to open up a coffee and gift shop. Ned Ravenal sees his dreams about to occur as he leads the excavation of the Western Settler, a riverboat that sunk in the Missouri in 1857, but because of a river shift is currently buried under a corn field. When Ned and Tess meet, an attraction transpires between them. Since both are preoccupied and neither able to see the flying sparks between them, a relationship appears doubtful even if they fall in love.
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS has all that fans of Kathleen Gilles Seidel expect with the novel containing strong prose, deep characters, and a powerful story line. However, this reviewer feels discontented in spite of a well-written book because the plot focuses on Tess' needs to discover the essence of her mother rather than the more fascinating Western Settler (past and present) as its core theme. Still, you can't always get what you want and Ms. Seidel does provide fans with a powerful emotion-laden contemporary romance.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner