Civil War survivor Beau Claxton is blessed with a wife, a child on the way and a prospering farm. When tragedy steals his family, Beau turns his back on God and becomes a drifter. War widow Charity Burk saves him from a deadly wolf attack and takes him into her Kansas homestead.
Charity needs a husband to help save her farm. Beau needs a new purpose in life. Why shouldn't they marry? The dangers and difficulties of life on the prairie, as well as their own stubborn hearts, throw obstacles in the path to new love.
Readers will enjoy Beau and Charity, as well as lively secondary characters. A few plot glitches and frustration with a main character's overused motivation to deny love took the pleasure down a notch. (Apr., 296 pp., $11.99)