THE BORROWED BRIDE
Lane's pleasing love story brims over with tender touches, allowing her predictable plotline to be enhanced by engaging characters' romance and reminders of the importance of communication and compassion in a relationship.
Hannah gave herself body and soul to her childhood sweetheart, Quint Seaver, before he left for the Alaska gold fields. When she discovers she is pregnant and her letters to Quint go unanswered, she agrees to a marriage in name only to Quint's older brother, Judd.
Judd is haunted by memories of war, and sweet Hannah brings serenity into the house, helping to care for his invalid mother, listening to his dreams and understanding his nightmares. Judd tries to hide from his growing love, even searching for Quint, but once Hannah's daughter is born there is no denying the tender passion that blooms between them. Then Quint comes home and Hannah and Judd must choose between love and old promises. (Harlequin, Nov., 300 pp., $5.99)