Zebra, Aug 2001, 6.50, 351 pp.
Caleb Wilder knows he is a fool to fly a Cessna during a thunderstorm in the North Georgia Mountains, but he has no choice, as he must find his runaway teenage son Danny. Cale realizes his adopted child is hurting ever since his mom died a year and a half ago and Danny is seeking solace by trying to find his biological father.
Cale is lucky to be alive when his small craft crashes near Dawson's Hollow where healer Miranda Sinclair and her friend Ruby McCoy rescue him. As they attend to more than just healing his body, the women try to mend his soul and that of Danny. Miranda and Cale fall in love, but a deep secret from her past ties them together on the one hand, yet probably prevents any future together.
THE COTTAGE is a deep relationship drama that digs inside the heart and soul of the key cast members. The tale centers on seeking panaceas in the past to heal the wounds of the present, but the answers may not provide the comfort Danny desires. The characters make the tale a delight for sub-genre fans, as the audience will feel Danny's pain, Cale's worries, and Miranda's nurturing everyone but herself. Any one who attains pleasure from reading a perceptive contemporary tale will want to visit Sandra Steffon's THE COTTAGE.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner