For as long as she can remember, Gabrielle has lived in a New Orleans convent, training to become a teacher. Yet she has dreams of a beautiful woman in a blue silk dress whose love flows into her memories.

Suddenly Gabrielle learns that she has inherited a house in the thriving mining community of Central City, Colorado. Eager to see her bequest, Gabrielle bravely heads west.

Fast with a gun and a deck of cards, Jordan Hays owns half of the well-known brothel, Celeste's Place. When Celeste dies in an "accident" he must notify her daughter, Gabrielle, about the inheritance. Jordan never expects to see Gabrielle in Central City.

Even after arriving in a rough mining city, Gabrielle doesn't realize what kind of house she has inherited. Needless to say, she's shocked and willing to sell out until Celeste's "ladies" convince her not to let a ruthless schemer take control of their lives.

She may be sheltered, but Gabrielle is strong-willed and decides to run the house while she tries to help the soiled doves and expose her mother's killer.

Caught between his own beliefs and protecting the hard-headed Gabrielle from danger, Jordan finds within himself the strength and courage he once possessed and the opportunity to reclaim himself.

Set against the colorful backdrop of one of the most exciting cities in get-rich-quick Colorado, THE BEQUEST is a western with heart. Candice Proctor knows how to create characters that take center stage and incorporate history into their stories with a sure hand. With THE BEQUEST she helps cement her place as an exciting, strong new voice in the genre; a true star on the horizon. SENSUAL (May, 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin