Langan understands the heart and soul of the west. Her latest is a lovely testament
to the strong women and honorable men who built this land, and only someone with Langan's touch for merging tough and tender could write their story.

U.S. Marshal Hogan Egan is in Wisconsin to catch killer Eli Otto, get the reward and retire to San Francisco. Since her family's deaths, Molly O'Brien assumed the responsibility of caring for the farm, her nieces and orphaned Flora. At 30, she knows she'll never marry and is content with the children's love.

But things change when they find two nearly dead men. Though Molly locates their identification, she has no idea who's the marshal and who's the outlaw. As the men heal, each claims to be Hogan, yet Molly senses which one is telling the truth. Hogan will not deny his attraction to Molly, and she seizes the chance to have a man's love. When Otto kidnaps her niece, Molly places her trust in Hogan. Will he save her niece without breaking her heart? Hogan learns that love and family are the most precious things in life. (Berkley Sensation, Jul., 300 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown