Bantam 5/4/1998. New paperback. Store pick: Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner. Deborah Smith has written a heartbreaking and enchanting story of two star-crossed Southern lovers. Twenty years ago, Claire Maloney was the willful, pampered, tomboyish daughter of the town's most respected family, but that didn't stop her from befriending Roan Sullivan, a fierce, motherless boy who lived in a rusted-out trailer amid junked cars. Roan is abruptly torn from Claire's life, but now, two decades later, he is about to return. If you enjoy the novels of Nicholas Sparks, prepare to fall in love with A Place to Call Home.