Tor, Nov 2004, 6.99, 324 pp.
In Philadelphia, shapeshifter Maggie O'Shea would prefer to avoid lunch with her former lover and mentor Marcus Bocelli, but she knows her commitment to his Foundation forces her to leaves the comfort of her shop to meet with him. She thinks back to how the charismatic Marcus trained her in using her ability to mend broken hearts through the purity of love.
Marcus informs Maggie that the Foundation needs her to heal management consultant Julian McDonald who is still mourning the deaths of his wife and their young child in a Colorado plane crash nine years ago. Though she demands to know why, Marcus fails to respond. Still she goes on the mission only to find he heals her loneliness as much as she teaches him that he still has the capacity to love others. As they fall in love, Maggie and Julian must make decisions; he feels the guilt of the survivor moving on and she doubts anyone can truly love a person like her.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner