Texas has just won statehood, and the Hardin and Talliferro families struggle against Mexican bandits and Comanche raiding parties to make their ranch, the Yellow Rose, the biggest spread in the state.

Romance sneaks up on Zane, Moriah, Brodie, Mary Aidan and Clinton, sometimes with hilarious results. Bear Killer, the Comanche war chief who once held Moriah captive, hasn't forgotten she has his son. His quest to reclaim his honor and child may cost the people of the Yellow Rose all they have worked for, including their lives.

Morris assembles an eclectic cast of well-rounded characters in this sweeping family saga. The plot had its dull moments of "telling" narration, and its high points of humor, poignance and action.(Mar., 400 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson