The love story is set against the twin tragedies of drought and Alzheimers, but Susan Kay Law handles an unusual romance with skillful touches of warmth and humor that leave the reader hopeful.

Being dead isn't at all what Joshua West expected. The guiding voice informs him that he'll get back to earth again and again until he gets it right, but first he has an assignment to protect a woman from danger.

Abigail Grier is a skinny, red-haired old maid at twenty five. She's too busy caring for her young brother, their drought-torn ranch, and keeping her father's worsening dementia a secret.

Although, the drought has brought her suitors (her ranch has the only water source in the area) Abigail has already refused the only man she's ever wanted. But now, her dead would-be-suitor Joshua West is back and only Abigail can tell he's there.

As they struggle to save the ranch, Abigail realizes she may not survive losing Joshua a second time.

(Jan., 300 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Cindy Royce