Everything you need to understand or teach Say You're Sorry by Melinda Leigh.
In Melinda Leigh's Say You're Sorry, Morgan Dane is a widow with three young girls. After her husband dies at war, she moves back to her hometown of Scarlet Falls with her grandfather. Two years later, as Morgan prepares to finally go back to work as a prosecutor with the district attorney, her babysitter is brutally murdered and the boy next door is accused of the crime. She believes he is innocent and being framed, so she takes on his case pro bono, teaming up with private investigator Lance, a man she once dated in high school. As they investigate the murder, they fall in love. Along the way, the novel explores themes of motherhood, romance, sacrifice, vengeance, and the criminal justice system.