BIG SKY RIVER
Miller’s return to Parable is a charming story of love in its many forms. The hero’s struggles are handled in an informed and heartwarming way, and it’s easy to empathize with the heroine’s desire to start an independent, new life in this sweetly entertaining and alluring tale.
After the death of his wife, Parable County Sheriff Boone Taylor lets his sister and her husband take on the raising of his two young sons. But when his brother-in-law is injured, Boone must bring his sons home. Trying to make a go of a chicken farm has Tara Kendall wondering why she left New York City — until she remembers her failed marriage. When her ex calls with the request to send his 12-year-old twin daughters to stay with her, she is delighted, since she has missed them desperately. With kids now in the equation, Tara and Boone, who barely tolerated one another as neighbors, get to really know each other — and their acrimony quickly changes to attraction. (HQN, Jan., 368 pp., $7.99)