This loving series, reminiscent of the classic homespun, Americana novels of the '80s and '90s, hits a soft spot. With her latest, Hubbard moves her series from inspirational to mainstream historical romance, but there's still a strong dose of inspiration in this lovingly
crafted, yet gritty, story of small-
Billy Bristol knows it's time to marry his childhood friend Emma and settle down. But he's actually relieved when a pregnant young woman storms into the church in the middle of the ceremony, stopping the "I dos."
Desperate to find her child's father's family, Eve Massena arrives at the church claiming Billy's long-lost outlaw brother, Wesley, is the baby's father and promptly goes into labor. Billy has delivered his share of foals, but a baby is something else.
The newborn girl is an angel from God, and Billy feels an overwhelming love and protectiveness for her. This squalling bundle is about to change his life, and Billy is more than ready for the responsibility that brings. But is he ready to tackle the feelings that begin to grow for the baby's mother and help her heal from the emotional scars of the past? (Leisure, Jun., 352 pp., $6.99)