The American West is the setting for a trio of charming and warmhearted romances that will bring a golden glow to your holiday season, beginning with Cheryl St. John's "Colorado Wife." When Rosalyne Emery is left with two orphans, she plans to force local businessman Sam Calhoun to take responsibility for the children. Instead she finds herself mistaken for his fiancée. Soon the charade becomes reality. Ms. St. John's funny, poignant story with its wonderful characters and delightful dialogue is the perfect holiday pick-me-up.

Jubal Trask learns that revenge can be a double-edged sword in "Jubal's Gift" by Elizabeth Lane. When he finds Thomas Curry, the man who deserted him during the Civil War, he longs to kill him. But when he finds Thomas's children and sister Tess he is forced to reconsider his plan. Tess has loved Jubal forever and the power of her love gives his wounded soul the opportunity to heal. Ms. Lane truly touches your heart as she brings her tormented hero peace and romance.

All Laura Burton wants to do is sell her family silver mine and head East, but mine manager Roman Maddox wants to change her mind before Christmas in the enchanting "Until Christmas" by the multi-talented Mary Burton. SENSUAL (Nov., 400 pp., $5.25)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin