Anna DeCarlo is running from the law, wrongly accused of murder. Out of money, she applies for a position as mail-order bride to widower Malachi Stone and gets a lot more than she bargained for. Malachi, on the other hand, gets nothing he expected. What he wants is a strong woman who will mother his children and help him run the ferry across the Colorado River, not this attractive, mysterious woman who looks as if she cant do a decent days work, let alone survive the hazards of the harsh frontier.

Anna knows she is safe with Malachi deep in the canyon, but staying with the family proves difficult. Malachis son welcomes Anna, but his daughter is more cautious. Malachi seems to be made of stone, but gradually Anna falls in love with all of them. But Malachi too has secrets that threaten to tear their world apart.

Ms. Lane paints a beautiful setting for a portrait of a love that grows with sharing and trust. This warmhearted American style romance is indeed a deep sigh book. SENSUAL (Jan., 350 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Evelyn Feiner