- Paperback: 299 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Books (Mm) (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373707746
- ISBN-13: 978-0373707744
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.2 x 1.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,574,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Reading this book made me wish I'd ignored all the bad advice I got in the 70s about how English majors were a dime a dozen, and gone on to become a teacher, anyway. To her credit, Kathryn Shay made this one as much about the kids as she did the "romance." Cassie is not a "perfect" teacher, but she cares, she takes responsibility for herself and the cleaning up of her own messes, and she's not afraid of anything. . .except maybe letting that gorgeous Mitch get too close to her. She doesn't trust cops. This one, though, is just too good to pass up. Mitch discovers that he needs what these students have to offer--forgiveness, perspective, and a bit of closure from a hellish war trauma--as much as they need people like him and Cassie to give them hope that their own past experiences with gang life, abusive parents, or teen pregnancy do not have to blight their futures. The final scenes in the classroom will have you in tears as you read about how they all comfort and support Mitch when he has just shared the secrets he swore never to tell anyone.
And, oh yes, the scenes between Mitch and Cassie are breath-taking. My, my. Where DID I put my fan? :) I'm ready to go hunting for the sequel featuring Seth, the principal from this book.
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