Sparks are rekindled when Beth Simon comes home and Sam Mendenhall, small-town constable, has to face the love of his young life after a 16-year absence in Mary McBride's quippy take on reunion and second chances, Say It Again, Sam. All of Shelbyville's atwitter at Beth's return, but Sam's determined to use his Green Beret training to resist the temptation she could all too easily be: temptation that's a distraction from discovering the identity of Shelbyville's mysterious sneak thief, and from the fresh opportunities Sam has to leave the small town behind. Once Sam asked Beth to elope before he went away; this time he's asking her along for the ride just when she's getting settled again. McBride has created an indulgence in warm-hearted joy.

Sandy Huseby writes from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in northern Minnesota.

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