Mira, Nov 2001, 22.95, 304 pp.
Since her husband's death last year, though she hates hearing this, jewelry designer Jillian Llewellyn lives and breathes Llewellyn Enterprises. In fact she's so engrossed in producing this year's Yuletide winner, Jillian has not even met the company's newest partner Robert Marston.
Following a personal tradition that she has done for years on Halloween, Jillian and her long time friend and her administrative assistant Connie goes Christmas shopping. However, unbeknownst to the designer, this is the beginning of a personal nightmare. Accidents start to happen and bad dreams commence to haunt Jillian. Somehow Robert seems to always be there to help her. He claims her family wants her out of the way insisting he is heeding the advice of the paranormal species, a book, and other objects. Surprisingly even as he frightens her, Jillian feels comfortable and perhaps in love with Robert in a déjà vu way, but wonders if he is the cause of the danger that threatens to engulf her at any moment.
Heather Graham is a sure shot for providing the audience with the best in romantic suspense. Her most recent novel, A SEASON FOR MIRACLES, uses paranormal elements to tell two stories, one from the past that parallels the second in the present. Though tricky to move back and forth through the (p)ages, Ms. Graham easily navigates the peril of disruption through a strong story line containing a consistent and veritable cast including a likable heroine in peril. Readers have quite a novel to luxuriate with while escaping the frantic pre-Christmas season.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner