Family mysteries, secrets, lies, and cultural differences come to a head in this novel by Donna Fasano. Lucas Silver Hawk, Tyne Whitlock, and their son Zach are faced with dealing with the consequences of their choices, as the past meets the present. The three of them are more alike than different, when the secrets are revealed; and they try to handle their reactions honorably.
The main, secondary, and even minor characters are well developed and realistic-- from the judge's tough stance on juvenile offenders, to Zach's teenaged reactions, to the family members coming to terms with the choices they made. The plot has many interesting twists and turns to keep you guessing what happened in the past, and what will happen next. This romance is a bit spicier than some of Ms Fasano's sweet romances--just enough to keep you fanning yourself! Usually, I have a strong feeling, negative and positive, about main characters; but in this star-crossed lovers' story, I found both Lucas and Tyne engaging, and could understand the rationale for their choices. Watching Zach accept, change, and grow, while learning about his Lenape heritage and family, was a highlight of the novel for me. I have to admit that I fell for the wonderful character, Uncle Jasper. I loved his gentle wisdom and story-telling to make points, which helped the characters accept their past decisions, and learn from them. I felt like jumping in my car and driving north, just to meet him and hear stories!
I appreciated the tying up of loose ends that Ms Fasano provided for the end of the story, and that it didn't just include a happily-ever-after for Lucas and Tyne, but satisfactory closure for all of the plot lines. Get your tissues ready for the epilogue!
A family reunited is always great, but there were lessons to be learned and appreciated for those of us who can see beyond the story. Uncle jasper was amazing. Great story. 5 Stars
I really loved this book, especially once they started on the trip. I learned a bit about the juvenile court system and a bit about the Lenape Indians. If you liked "Take Me With You" by Catherine Ryan Hyde, then I think you'll like this as well.