THE COWBOY AND THE PRINCESS
Once again Wilde creates a delightful romance, this time with a cowboy hero and a princess heroine. Add in a zany cast of dogs, horses, friends and kids, as well as a mild mystery, and you have a story that is a joy to read.
Brady Talmadge learned his lesson the hard way about picking up hitchhikers, but when he comes upon Annie Coste — cold, wet and forlorn — he just can’t pass her by. Annie, who in reality is a princess of Monesta, is enjoying six weeks of freedom before she must marry for political reasons. Brady begins falling for Annie after taking her with him to Jubilee, Texas, and getting to know her as well as he can despite all her secrets. However, the road to love is particularly rocky, especially with the surprise a letter brings Brady. But things are not always as they appear — and Annie harbors more secrets than even she knows. (AVON, Aug., 384 pp., $7.99)