Cheryl Norman unfolds a story of emotion and suspense; full of long concealed family secrets. I was drawn into the story from the very first and could not help but feel a warm connection with the heroine. It would have been easy to simply feel sorry for Taylor Drake but while I found myself sympathizing with her over her horrid attack I also felt admiration for her strength and the fact that she did not want to carry on the family feud. At first I did not think I was going to like deputy police chief Adam Gillespie but I soon found myself appreciating his stoic personality and as secrets are revealed so are the reasons behind his actions and attitudes. Taylor's psychological illness is handled wonderfully, neither glossing over her affliction, trivializing it or blowing it out of proportion. Without being overly sexual and violent this romantic suspense offers an excitement and anticipation for the reader. I greatly enjoyed the fact that the spiritual element was neither overtly didactic or critical yet provided a wonderful life lesson. The setting is well detailed and while Taylor's agoraphobia narrows the location it in no way limited the story. The supporting characters were interesting and I would love to see them make appearances in upcoming stories. This is an absolute must-read and I am looking forward to seeing what else this author has to offer.
After surviving a brutal attack Taylor Drake returns to her family home to deal with her resulting agoraphobia. Chief deputy Adam Gillespie wants nothing to do with the once confident photographer as their families have long standing feelings of animosity. As Adam gets to know her he finds himself discovering old secrets and new feelings all while trying to protect her from someone determined to kill her.
More than anything….
Taylor Drake wants her life back. She’s returned to her family home, suffering from the agoraphobia that has plagued her since she was brutally attacked in her apartment. Once a confident and successful photogra-pher, she now cowers behind closed doors with a loaded pistol. She fears her attacker will find her and finish the job.
The last assignment chief deputy Adam Gillespie wants is to babysit the spoiled celebrity Taylor. He blames her father for his family’s financial ruin; and her brother, Wil Drake, is the incumbent candidate for Foster County sheriff, Adam’s dream job. Wil is out of town, though, so Adam can’t afford to let anything happen to the sheriff’s sister. Complications arise when someone murders the man he arrests for stalking her.
Adam learns things aren’t as they first seem. Taylor is hardly a pampered prima donna, rather a warm, intelli-gent, yet troubled woman whom he grows to love. Also, there are holes in the history of the feud between their families that need filling in. He has to reconcile the feud or any future with Taylor is doomed. But first he must stop the cunning killer who wants her dead.