Mira, Aug 2002, 6.50, 384 pp.
Larger than life Connecticut Governor Mike Parisi drowns in a freak accident while trying to rescue bluebird in his pool. Bluefield Detective Zoe West wonders why a man who could not swim dived into the pool and was the explosion at a barbecue that almost killed the second in command Allyson Stockwell really an accident. However, Mike's death means that Allyson will finish the term as governor.
Allyson's two children (twelve-year-old Henry and eleven years old Lillian) are at a Texas dude ranch. However, they flee frightened as can be to the home of their mother's best friend attorney Kara Galway, who just came home to Texas after years of practicing law in Connecticut. They persuade Kate to take them to their country home. Kate reluctantly agrees because the kids are so frightened. Now everyone seems to seek the missing children of the new governor of Connecticut, but it is Texas Ranger Sam Temple who finds Kate and the kids. As Sam and Kate fall in love, he vows to keep the three of them safe.
STONEBROOK COTTAGE, the sequel THE CABIN, is an exciting romantic suspense that never eases off the throttle until the final kiss. The key to the action packed story line is the dynamic cast, especially the lead couple and the kids. Carla Neggers continues her climb to the top rung of the sub-genre with her usual non-stop romantic thriller.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner