Sonnet, Feb 2001, 6.50
Near Bricker's Lake, Pennsylvania, nine-year-old Genna Snow attends the Shepherd's Way camp run by Brother Michael. She gets in trouble for sneaking wild flowers to her ailing sister. Michael tries to punish her by sexually abusing the child, but Genna escapes. Schoolteacher Patsy Wheeler finds the battered girl and obtains help. All hell breaks loose and soon authorities learn that Michael abused more children.
In spite of her parents' condemnation, with the loving help of Patsy, Genna recovers and becomes an expert on abuse for the FBI. While Genna returns to the Amish country on a drug laundering case, her former boyfriend, Agent John Mancini, works what appears to be a serial killer case. John loves Genna, but when the Woods investigation got inside his gut, instead of turning to his beloved, he fled to cleanse his soul. He feared destroying Genna, but now he wants her back permanently. She loves John, but believes he will just leave again. As his serial killer case seems to somehow tie back to Genna, he realizes he must keep her and Patsy safe not because of duty but because of love.
Highly talented Mariah Stewart provides her audience with a taut romantic suspense thriller that will provide the awesome author with new readers. The serial killer angle fits quite well with the elements of romantic suspense, as ultimately Genna is a target with John willing to die to keep her out of harm's way. The fast-paced story line is filled with action from page one with only romantic interludes to give the audience an occasional breather. Ms. Stewart provides her fans with another winner.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner