From Publishers Weekly
Wiggs's latest is an entertaining romance perfect for beach listening. Sixteen years ago, unwed Jessie gave her newborn daughter up for adoption to her married sister (whose husband, unbeknownst to him, was actually the baby's father). Jessie then settled in New Zealand and became a celebrated nature photographer. Now going blind, she returns home to Texas to reconnect with her sister and see her daughter-and conveniently fall in love with Dusty, a widowed pilot who lives nearby. This is enjoyable fluff, apart from the clich of the heroine abruptly dumping the hero without explanation because she doesn't want to "burden" him with her terrible secret. Narrator Eby reads with expression, but ignores specific vocal directions in the text. It's jarring to hear various characters comment on Jessie's New Zealand accent when listeners are hearing her speak without one, or to learn that Jessie's mother, Glennie, has "a deep, sweet voice" when Eby reads her lines in a high, crackling tone. Throughout the text such lines as "her voice broke on a sob" or "there was a hitch in her voice" are not accompanied by any break or hitch in Eby's reading. On the positive side, she does attempt a Texas drawl for Dusty and a Spanish accent for his friend Arnufo. And she's terrific when portraying petulant teenager Lila: Eby's "Whatever!" captures teenage sarcasm perfectly (listeners can almost hear the accompanying eye roll).
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In this fairly typical romance novel, we meet free-spirited Jessie Ryder, a beautiful, independent, strong-willed woman who has traveled the world working as a photojournalist and living life on her own terms. This beautiful firebrand has a tormented secret, however, and it has haunted her for the past 16 years: she gave her baby daughter, Lila, away. Now faced with a devastating illness that is causing her to lose her eyesight, she follows her doctor's advice to see the most important people in her life before her eyesight fades for good. As a result, she soon attempts a reconciliation with Lila and her adoptive mother, Jessie's sister Luz. Returning to her Texas hometown, she decides she wants to tell Lila, who has grown up under the assumption that Jessie is her aunt, the truth. This confession soon jeopardizes the solid marriage of Luz and her husband (who happens to be the child's biological father) as well as the relationship between Luz and Jessie. In addition, Jessie becomes involved in a complicated tango with a young father who has just lost his wife. Everything is neatly resolved by the story's end. Heavy publicity will result in high library demand. Kathleen HughesCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved