Three stories: Debt of Love: Interesting story with lots of complicated ideas about how involved people should get in other people's lives-- where is the line between caring and enabling? Free-spirited Alexandra struggles to define herself. Tyler challenges her to define herself, without using other people as a crutch.
Touch the Dawn: This one is second in the book but should be after The Silence of Midnight: Mitch is on the run with his two kids after becoming certain that his children were being molested by their step-father. When he lands in Tidewater, he finds himself falling in love with Jacky-- who has her own complicated history. Jacky is a police officer working with juveniles. No one is more unsuitable to a man on the run...
Silence of Midnight: Can Rachel and Jake work their way back to a relationship when their young son is kidnapped and a mistake Jake made fifteen years ago comes back to haun the small family?
An instensely emotional read..., April 8, 2003
Reviewer: C. Miller (CA United States)
In Heat of the Night, Karen Young delivers three emotional books about five children and the parents that will do anything for them.
DEBT OF LOVE...Alexandra Tate has a special place in her heart for Eric and Erin, twins, who's father is the man that she was engaged to eighteen years ago. In a despicable act of violence, Eric is gunned down outside their elementary school. Alex feels responsible because if she wouldn't have held them after class, Eric wouldn't be paralyzed from the neck down. Tyler Madison has closed himself off emotionally, except from his sister and his niece and nephew. When he meets Alex, he fights the emotion that he feels, for he can't risk his heart again. Debt of Love is an emotional story about the extrodinary recovery of Eric, the crumbling marriage of Eric and Erin's parents, and last, the new love of Alex and Tyler.
TOUCH THE DAWN...Mitchell St. Cyr hasn't been the best father. When he learns that his ex-wife's new husband is a pedophile, taking pictures of his children, he tries to go through the system to get them out of his ex-wife's house. Twice that fails, and Mitch makes a drastic move. He kidnaps his own children. On the run for months, the three St. Cyr's end up in Flordia, where they finally find a haven. When Mitch first finds that the juvenile officer is the daughter of their hosts, his first urge is to run. He finds he can't though, and he finds himself falling for Jacky. Jacky Kendall has her own demons to fight, and Mitch brings them all rushing back to life. When she finds herself falling in love with Russell and Maggie, along with Mitch, Jacky vows to do anything to help Mitch keep his children safe, even outside the law.
THE SILENCE OF MIDNIGHT...This is the best story of the three. Jake and Rachel McAdams have been married for eighteen years. When their six year old son, Scotty, is kidnapped, Jake feels he has failed Rachel and Scotty, and is unable to come to terms with his failure. When the result of his infidelity nearly fifteen years ago shows up, it nearly destroys their already shaky marriage. Rachel is finally inserting her independence, trying to show Jake that she can be more than a wife and mother. When Michael shows up, Rachel is suddenly faced with proof of his affair. Then, the Jake and Rachel pull together, to find both their sons and save the marriage that means so much to both of them.