Dianne Chadwick loves her life in the harshly beautiful Montana frontier of the 1870s. She has come through trials enough to break her, but her faith and will have survived and flourished. In Book 2 of the Heirs of Montana series, events again conspire to test Dianne. Her fiancé, Cole Selby, goes missing on his return journey from the East. Her brother in the army is fighting hostile Sioux and his own misgivings about the treatment of the natives.

Another brother leaves on an exploring expedition, and she hasn't heard from her third brother in years. When her uncle is attacked by a grizzly, Dianne must shoulder the responsibility for the ranch and his half-Blackfoot wife and children. She clings to her faith to help her through the storms.

The story is slow taking off, and the narrative is a bid mundane at times. But there is just enough action to sustain an interest in characters that could use a little more complexity. (Jul., 400 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson