From Publishers Weekly
Young mother Char Simmons knows fear; her ex-husband, the attorney Theodore Bainbridge, has vanished, leaving her with total responsibility for their daughter, Abby, who's recovering from brain surgery. After selling most of her possessions, Char takes Abby to the remote Silver Lake, Minn. cabin she's inherited from her aunt. A scare with their Pomeranian, Cinnamon, leads the mother to local vet, Dr. Philip Wilson, whose recently deceased parents owned the neighboring vacation home. Philip, along with his brother Max, a federal agent on leave, hire Char to help clear out their family's cabin and an attraction develops. But Max has a hidden agenda; he's hoping to catch Char's slippery ex, who is suspected of embezzling from his clients. Tightly mixing romance and thriller elements, Jacobs (Love By Design) excels mostly when depicting the bond shared by mother and daughter and the lengths to which Char will go to protect it.
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Somehow Char Simmons knows that she and her daughter Abby are in danger. As soon as Abby became ill, Char’s ex-husband disappeared, leaving them broke and without medical insurance. The only place they can go for Abby to recuperate from surgery is a remote fishing cabin in Minnesota that Char inherited from her aunt. She can only hope that her husband and his associates don’t know about it. She isn’t sure what trouble her ex is involved with; all she wants is a safe haven for Abby, herself, and their dog, until she meets Max Wilson. On leave from his job as a federal agent in Philadelphia, Max is cleaning out his mother’s lake house. In spite of her attraction, Char is wary and tries to steer clear of him. Recognizing trouble when he sees it, Max doesn’t want to be a white knight. But Char gives him no choice, and Jacobs gives readers a charming and suspenseful romance about two lonely people who find each other under strained circumstances. --Patty Engelmann