A perilous homecoming...
It's been years since Katelyn Bowden last set foot in Evers, Texas. Sent away at age four by her father, the town sheriff, after her mother was murdered, Katelyn thrived under the loving care of her aunt in Austin. Now that Alan Bowden is suffering from dementia and dying, it's time for his daughter to finally come home. But that means having to face the new sheriff, John Davies, the handsome ex-New York cop whom her father has always loved as a son, a fact that Katelyn has long resented.
When John Davies realizes his mentor's daughter may be hiding the key to a decades-old mystery, he fears that her repressed memories of her mother's death could make her the target of a killer who's still at large. He's also finding it more and more difficult to resist his powerful attraction to the beautiful, talented artist. Then, as shocking revelations about local murders, past and present, slowly come to light, the threats against Katelyn's life become all too real - and only John Davies can protect the lady his heart commands him passionately to love from the peril that surrounds them both.
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You have a mystery that goes back 20 some years all around a little girl who was sent away by her father in hopes to protect her. A father giving up years missed to keep his little girl safe for reason that surprised most. This was a very emotional touching read so many people lost so much that can’t be given back. One little girl not understanding why her father didn’t want her, wasn’t she good enough or maybe he just wanted a son. All she knows is the day her mother was killed she lost everything her family, her home and the love she thought she had. So many years she can’t get back nor could she forgive. The jealousy she holds for one man who took her place in her father’s heart. Things are never as we see them sometimes a much deeper look must be taken as Katelyn will come to find as she comes home to make her father’s last day the best she can.<br/><br/>Katelyn is a wonderful character with so much pain and misunderstanding. So much she doesn’t understand. Someone is out to get her but who and why, why did her father send her away all those years. Why doesn’t he love her, can she make things right before he dies? So many questions with so few answers that no one is willing to give up. You could feel her pain as the author takes you though her life and brings her home to a father who is dying. She is confused why would someone be out to hurt her when she has never been around town.<br/><br/>John is running from a past he has tried to put behind him, only one man believed in him all those years ago. Katelyn’s father was like his own father he grown to love and respect him. There is so much he doesn’t understand, he will find the answers to help his friend, mentor and father as he tries to bring them close again before her father dies. Maybe some answers can be given to put some peace into an old man’s last breath. I thought he was a wonderful outstanding character he had such compassion and is so giving. With things turning from bad to worse he is falling for Kate and must keep her safe.<br/><br/>The author gives you a wonderful small town with great characters who are so loving and giving. The story is full of mystery, suspense, love, pain and sorrow. This was a very touching read as the author gives you a story that will touch your heart. I did listen to this on audio and found the narrator to be very good as I lost myself in her smooth easy flowing voice. The plot was outstanding as the author takes you on a fast pace read of who, what and why. Two people brought together who need to heal from a past that holds them. Can they get over their past, and help each other work out the mystery of a town going crazy. You might be surprise at the outcome, you will change your mind on the killer as the author gives you a few twist to keep you guessing. I totally loved this story from a very talented author.<br/><br/>