Kicking off the Winds Across the Prairie series, Rogers has penned a sweet love story with characters the reader will not soon forget. The ability to move on with one's life after tragedy is depicted with honor and grace.
After her parents' deaths, 17-year-old heiress Lucy Bishop takes refuge on her aunt and uncle's ranch in Oklahoma in 1896. If it weren't for ranch hand Jake Starnes, the genteel young woman wouldn't survive the backbreaking work. Jake is determined not to have feelings for her, but soon is losing the battle. But a dark secret torments him. Can Jake face his past before somebody claims Lucy's hand -- or her life? Both must learn how to move past their pain and loneliness to have a happy future. (REALMS, Jan., 320 pp., $10.99)