HER WYOMING MAN
Western fans will be happy to see how St. John effectively captures the atmosphere of a growing town on the verge of becoming a city. With its charming cast of characters and mail-order bride theme, this tale is as old as time and one that is always enjoyable, even if the predictable plot follows true to form.
Ella Reed is a kept woman until the day her protector tells her he and his family are leaving Kansas. Pampered Ella must care for herself and she seizes the chance to travel with her friend to Wyoming in hopes of finding a husband. Nathan Lantry is on his way up the political ladder, set to run for governor, but his supporters believe he needs a wife to fill the position of hostess. The minute Nathan sees the beautiful Ella he knows she is elegant, lovely and educated; in other words, ideal. Ella couldn’t ask for more than Nathan and she’s ready to be a wife in all ways, but he insists on a courtship season. She soon realizes that everything about her new life is unfamiliar. She feels inept as a wife and mother and needs a foothold; she needs to be loved. Meanwhile, a jealous woman threatens to expose Ella’s past and pride stands in the way of happiness. (HARLEQUIN, Jul., 300 pp., $6.25)