cover image To Trust

To Trust

Carolyn Brown, . . Avalon, $21.95 (214pp) ISBN 978-0-8034-9874-7

Brown stays on familiar turf—rural Oklahoma—for this contemporary chaste romance, the first of the Broken Roads series. After Dee Hooper's marriage to an upper-crust Pennsylvanian is annulled, she returns to Buckhorn Corner and the embrace of her charmingly eccentric Southern family: feisty grandmother Roxie, unlucky-in-love mother Mimosa, jailed sister Tally and precocious 11-year-old niece Bodine. And awaiting her next door is Jack, Dee's childhood friend, an independently wealthy writer of computer games who likes the simple country life. Everyone but Dee's aware that Jack's always carried a torch for her, and though a couple of obligatory obstacles are placed between them and a rosy resolution, there isn't much in the way of tension. Readers who enjoy wholesome romances will find one here. (Feb.)