Can reconciliation occur when the betrayal has been so great?The past has harbored guilt and fear for Denali Deveraux, a successful young woman who finds that her desperate attempts to understand her beginnings may forever be shrouded in mystery. Her grandfather, Richard Deveraux, has manipulated her life with actions that clearly reveal his disdain for her, and her beloved aunts—the only ones who may possess the truth—remain pawns under his control.Her question to learn about her mother, the once-adored daughter...
Can reconciliation occur when the betrayal has been so great?The past has harbored guilt and fear for Denali Deveraux, a successful young woman who finds that her desperate attempts to understand her beginnings may forever be shrouded in mystery. Her grandfather, Richard Deveraux, has manipulated her life with actions that clearly reveal his disdain for her, and her beloved aunts—the only ones who may possess the truth—remain pawns under his control.Her question to learn about her mother, the once-adored daughter of Richard, brings her to Dallas, where she is forced to work on an account for the family design business. Here Denali finds herself teamed with Michael Copeland, a man whose eyes reveal an impenetrable pain of their own.As Denali and Michael are trust into their work, their personal lives become inevitably entwined until each discovers that the future may hold a promise
Denali Deveraux still misses her mother, who committed suicide soon after Denali's birth. Her love life is stagnant, her grandfather ignores her, and her career with a theme-park design firm depends on his good will. Things begin to look up when a Christian group insists on having Denali design their park, feeling that only a devout believer like Denali can do it justice. After moving to Dallas, Denali finds herself attracted to Michael Copeland, an architect attached to the project. However, Michael has ulterior motives for getting involved with Denali, and she soon has to cope with an aunt's illness, more revealed secrets of her birth, and threats to her life. Unfortunately, this abundance of plot eventually overwhelms the book. Buy only where there is a high demand for contemporary Christian romances or where Peterson (A Promise for Tomorrow, Bethany, 1998) has many fans.
School Library Journal
YA--Denali Deveraux has everything, and nothing. Wealthy, intelligent, well educated, and attractive, she is on her way to building a reputation as a creative developer of theme parks, and she is not yet 30. From outward appearances, she is to be envied. Within her spirit, however, she is a wounded child, with no mother, no father, and a grandfather who refuses to see her--even though he is her employer and legal guardian. This story of a modern orphan, estranged from her only living grandparent by circumstances over which she has no control, will have appeal for many YAs who live in nontraditional families. Denali's confusion and loneliness, her identity crisis, and her hunger for answers will resonate with readers who find themselves in similar situations. Peterson captures the emotions of one who has been battered by life, yet finds fulfillment in her career. Denali may serve as a role model for contemporary young women who face challenges without the security of family. Ultimately, this is a love story, but it also speaks to all who face locked doors to the past.--Janice DeLong, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
Tracie Peterson is a full-time author who has written or co-written over fifty novels in both historical and contemporary genres, including the WESTWARD CHRONICLES, the YUKON QUEST and the SHANNON SAGA series.
Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects including inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over one hundred novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's website at www.traciepeterson.com.