CALL OF THE WHITE WOLF
U.S. Marshal John Wolfs Apache brother, Raven, would rather kill a man than return to the reservation. Shooting John to escape capture, Raven flees, leaving him for dead.
Irish immigrant Tara Flannigan has made Paradise Valley, sacred Apache land, home for herself and the five orphans she had rescued from horrible lives. She cannot let anyone force them to leave their home, but she cannot leave a man to die either.
Tara and the children nurse John back to health, and as he heals, he becomes a part of their family. This is the heaven that has evaded John his entire life. He would like nothing more than to stay with them forever. But he has a mission to accomplish.
Though she tries not to, Tara falls in love with John. She cannot resist his kindness or his caring for her and the children. But she knows that once he has discovered the truth about their family, he might destroy the life she has worked so hard to build.
The endearing cast of characters is what turns CALL OF THE WHITE WOLF into a poignant, memorable western romance. Its the kind of love story that aims straight for the heart and never misses. Though the plot is far from new, the telling is unique. Kudos go to Ms. Finch for bringing such a heartwarming story to life. SENSUAL (Jan., 350 pp., $4.99)