This was the first book that I’ve read by this author. Apparently, it’s the 5th book in the “Blue Heron” series, but you can read it without having read the previous titles. Jessica and Connor have been secretly together – off and on – for many years. He has proposed to her several times but she always seems to find a reason to turn him down, maybe because Jessica feels as though she is someone who can only count on herself. .The author includes many interesting social issues – fetal alcohol syndrome, social class, alcoholism, poverty. I enjoyed this book.