The next Runaway Brides story is what fans of westerns crave. Halfway between Penelope Williamson and Jodi Thomas’s gritty, powerful novels and Lavyrle Spencer’s small-town stories lies Warner’s realistic, atmospheric romances. She is a fine talent.
After a few letters and one visit from her Scots Cavalry officer husband Angus, Madeline Wallace forges ahead with a life of her own. As a photographer for a British publication, she’s assigned to photograph the American West from a woman’s point of view. Angus spent months recuperating from his battle wounds, then came home to find that his wife has disappeared — and he is a newly minted earl. He travels to America and tracks Addie down in Heartbreak Creek. He must convince her of his love as she’s stalked by ruthless outlaws and caught in railroad troubles. Worst of all, Addie realizes she still loves Angus, a nobleman who might ask her to leave her new home and return to Scotland. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jan., 400 pp., $15.00)