She shows up again in Evening Star when she professionally counsels, Marla, heroine of that book, who is wrestling with some major emotional problems. At that point Barrett is divorced and having her own struggles with having a career and being a single mom.
Second Chance opens eight years after Moon Dust with Barrett readying herself for a client. The last thing Barrett wants is a serious relationship with any man. Her life is hectic and a love relationship would only make it more so. She is dedicated to making sure her daughter, Tiffany, has all her emotional needs met. She and her ex are mostly at odds over what that means.
Physically I described Barrett as a beautiful redhead. It wasn't easy to find her face but finally on Can Stock the above showed up. It works for how I saw her. I used oilify to give it more the look of a painting than a photo. What I liked about this expression is it shows the stress in Barrett's life, which won't be lessened as the story unfolds, but I think it also shows her strength of character.
The cover for the eBook has on it only the image (and no face) of the hero as it's about his danger that the book and her eventual biggest problems will revolve. Basically although she has a busy life, she becomes immersed in his which could seem bad, but she's not giving up hers. She instead comes to a realization that hers hasn't been as full as it could be.
What makes Barrett a worthy heroine is that she is a take-charge woman. She enjoys being a female, but she also has good memories of her tomboy years. She accepts that her parents are remote and off on their own adventure even if at times she acknowledges some resentment. She is raising her daughter to have freedom in choices as much as possible and even while being a working mom, she makes sure she is there for her. Her close relationship with Susan and her family helps with that.
When Barrett meets the hero, he's the last man with whom she would want to become seriously involved. Over and over she tries to convince herself this isn't worth it but in the end (this is a romance after all) she not only decides it is, sees its value for her daughter, but also puts her own life on the line to make it happen.
If you leave out the physical danger in this story, Barrett is a prime example of many working, single moms, and at no point does she not take her daughter's well being into consideration for her choices.