That Darkest Place is the third book in Marcia Meara's Riverbend series. It begins where the second one finishes and tells the stories of the older two Painter brothers, Jackson and Forrest. Marcia has an insight into the workings of the human spirit that makes for compelling reading. There's the sense of struggle, of families disagreeing but solidly behind each other, of menace from the unknown antagonist and the tender, sparky love scenes which are always wonderfully done - there's joy and mischief and twinkling there that makes those scenes for me! She handles these scenes with a light touch that avoids graphic description yet captures the essence of the delight, the amazement, the miracle of love. There's also the subtly interwoven information about strokes, counselling and recovering from physical and emotional trauma that grounds the progress in a way that feels real and 'right'. As with Hunter, the subject of the second book, the real hook as far as I'm concerned lies in the interaction between the characters and how readily we can identify with them. These fears, confusion and delight are common to us all and her ability to express them so realistically means that we share in them and become part of them, too. I'd read these in chronological order to avoid spoilers even though they can all be read as standalones. Settle down somewhere cosy and prepare yourself for a most satisfying experience!