THE FIERY RING
Joy Winslow has led a picture-perfect life until now. A series of events suddenly finds her alone, riding in a boxcar. When she is harassed by two vagrants, Chase Hardin steps in to rescue her. As a result, he is injured, and Joy temporarily forgoes her journey, in search of her brother, to find help.
Once Chase recovers, he and Joy travel together to Texas. Chase was once the very best at what he did, but now a fear greater than anything he has known keeps him running. Unable to find work, Chase may have to face his fears and return to the life he once knew. But can he do it? And will he realize his feelings for Joy, as well, before he loses her?
Late 1920s America is the backdrop for book 28 in this series and, as usual, Mr. Morris knows his history. An inactive hero and the fact that we are told of the heroine's desire for revenge but never really feel it, weaken this story. And yet, numerous events and the behind-the-scenes details on circus life keep it interesting. (May, 320 pp., $11.99)