|Krista Faye has spent fifteen years dealing with the pain of an auto wreck in which the man she loved, Ed Burgess, and her best friend Liz were killed. She spent two years in prison for the accident before making a life for herself as a photojournalist. She's returning home, afraid of what she may face but determined to start a youth center in Quail Ridge. She's surprised when Matt Burgess, Ed's brother, is able to put the past behind them to help her. Someone is willing to go to any length to drive Krista away again.
Ceri Hebert gives us a touching story of a woman being blamed and punished for an accident that wasn't entirely her fault. I like the way the author builds her characters. Krista is a great example of a person who doesn't let an incident that could have destroyed her life make her bitter. Matt has let the accident change him as a person but he's had the support of a loving family that lets him heal in his own way, his own time. Ricky and others in the town have kept their hatred alive, never moving on. Ricky was able to use his family's money and influence to make something of himself but the shadow never left him.
The title of this great story is very appropriate. The author never discounts the fact that the accident was a tragedy. Instead she shows the good and the bad that have come out of it, the paths people have taken, the choices they make even fifteen years later. It's similar to what many of us do and, for many readers, love that may have grown out of shared losses and shared pain too. Ms. Hebert gives us an excellent fictionalized version of what many people have lived and how they've gone on to make life something meaningful out of devastation.
Reviewer: Dee Dailey
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