Shortly after I joined my local RWA chapter, the longer-term members waxed poetic about a book called One Summer by Karen Robards. I was unfamiliar with the author. I borrowed the book from the library. A few days later, I purchased my own copy.
This is the story of a high school English teacher who gets involved with a former student–after he’s released from prison for murder. She is the only person in their small, Southern town who believes in Johnny’s innocence; the town does not react kindly to her helping him after his release.
Lots of tension here, including some incredible sexual tension, but also family issues mixed in with the always popular wrong-side-of-the-tracks trope. A compelling read.