C.B. Clark spins an intriguing and interesting mystery with this romantic suspense. Carrie Anne Hethrington is a heroine whom I found it easy to connect with even though I have absolutely nothing in common with her. I couldn't help but wonder just why she'd come back to the place that was such a cause of misery for her. I wanted to know why her mother's keepsakes were so important to her and most of all I wanted to know why her feelings were so strong when it came to Declan McAllister. At first sight Declan came across as rather unlikable until his story was revealed and then I was surprised he was as accommodating as he was. I enjoyed the fact that this story had so many layers and as each was revealed they seemed to grow and grow and pull me in deeper to the story. I loved how suspicious I became of everybody, how I found myself making a case for practically every inhabitant of Cooper's Ridge as a would be murderer. And I gleefully did this, after all it seemed as if the people in this town took an awful satisfaction in branding people with only rumours to go on. If you like your romantic suspenses to have multi-layers, fascinating characters and strong emotions this is a must-read.
The Story: Carrie Ann Hethrington has never wanted to return to Cooper's Ridge since leaving over sixteen years ago when her high school sweetheart was branded a murderer. Ironically Declan McAllister has returned to clear his name once and for all. Can these two reclaim their love and stay safe for the future?
Twelve years ago, sixteen-year old Carrie Ann Hetherington, pregnant with the child of a murder suspect, fled the small town of Cooper's Ridge for the anonymity of Seattle. Now, faced with a family dilemma, she must risk her carefully reinvented life and return to her childhood home.
Eighteen-year-old Declan McAllister's prom date is found beaten and strangled to death, and he becomes the prime suspect accused of the grisly crime. Now this successful Dallas businessman returns to Cooper's Ridge to find the true murderer and finally lift the cloak of suspicion he's faced all these years. In his quest to prove his innocence, he must join forces with the woman who shattered his heart to find a devious killer who will stop at nothing to protect a shocking truth.
Caught up in a menacing web of secrets, deception and danger, Carrie Ann and Declan struggle to overcome past betrayals and present danger. Can they tear down the barriers they've erected around their hearts and rediscover true love?