Helena Gray has a problem only a husband can solve. When her father dies in a robbery, Helena is left to run his store and the Pony Express station. But the suppliers won't deal with a woman, and it's only a matter of time before she will be out of business. Helen decides her only solution is Carrigan.
Jake Carrigan is Genoa's recluse, living alone in his mountain home with his dog and horses-and whiskey when the memories get too painful.
Helena's abrupt proposal shocks him out of his routine. The idea of returning to civilization pains Jake, but Helena's situation convinces him to agree to a six month marriage in name only. Neither could have predicted wanting to make the marriage a reality.
Stef Ann Holm has created a superb Western romance in CROSSINGS. Jake and Helena are well rounded characters that make fiction come to life; their suffering and joy are poignant. SENSUAL (Jan., 342 pp., $5.99)