CJ Jackson loves Johnny like a son, and now he's gone to fight in World War II. Then she tangles with the man she secretly loves--Johnny's father and her dearest friend, Will--because she hires German POWs to help on her ranch.

Josephine loves her aunt CJ and the ranch and wants to major in agriculture in college--if her mother will stop focus-ing on the idea that she's going to marry Johnny. In fact, her unruly heart yearns for another soldier--one who wears the uniform of the enemy.

Whitson pens a lively keeper. The characters are colorful, the situations poignant and her blend of first-person and third-person narration is masterfully executed. (Aug., 317 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson