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STORY (romance/suspense) - The story line of this book is unusual and very good. It is set in the present day, primarily in Mexico and the border town of El Paso, Texas. As the summary suggests, Milla runs a volunteer company which searches for lost children, but the book is really about her obsessive search for her own son and how she struggles with her own life since his kidnapping. Milla and others investigate a baby-smuggling operation in the area, and it is through the investigation that she begins having a romantic relationship. There's a little bit of everything -- violence, action, romance, mystery, betrayal, sadness, happiness -- and the plot isn't so complicated that you can't keep things straight.
Since the summary doesn't give too much away, I won't either, but I will comment how much I loved the ending. Some books end sadly, others abruptly or with cliffhanger endings, and still others with big happy pink bows. This one just ends....right. It is rare for a book to bring me to tears but this one did, until the next second when Audible butted in with that stupid ending blurb and ruined it.
PERFORMANCE - Joyce Bean has a nice voice, and it is age-appropriate for Milla. She is one of very few narrators who is able to do both sexes well, which was a real treat. On the other hand, "Diaz" is a very common Mexican name, and she mispronounces it "Dee Azz" about 300 times.
OVERALL - (Actual overall rating 4.5) I highly recommend this book, but not so much for guys. There's quite a bit of sex and some cursing, but IMHO it's not smutty or overdone.
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Impossibly sad, profoundly moving, deeply romantic, and stunning in its intensity. This is a book that stays with you and despite the title, you'll likely shed some tears. Milla and Diaz are easily my favorite characters in contemporary fiction and their story is rich and layered and entirely believable. Linda Howard just keeps getting better and better.
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