As a writer, still learning the craft of writing, I saw what is meant by weaving the back story into the plot. The book begins after the main character is aquitted of murdering his girlfriend. What? I read that and was dying to know what happened. But, Werlin kept me so engrossed in what was happening to David as he forged ahead with his life, that I didn't feel anxious from wondering or impatient to know. She presented the back story slowly and only when it was appropriate to do so. I never felt like she was creating places to "dump" the information.
I'm now getting ready to read are you alone on purpose? originally published in 1994. I've got a nice little stack of her books that I intend to read and savor. When I have finished them all, as I writer, I will have some goals to work on, but as a reader I will be tapping my toe impatiently for her newest one to be released.
Sending a special thank you to whoever posted on Verla Kay recommending Nancy Werlin!