The final installment in a trilogy portraying the immigrant experience is the powerful story of a stubborn, strong-willed Irish girl and the man fate has chosen for her.

Mary Emeline Malone flees New York with her infant son believing she has killed her lecherous employer. Blanche Lorraine, owner of the finest saloon and bawdy house in Whistle Creek, Idaho, recognizes Mary's need and hires her as her bookkeeper. But it isn't Blanche or the rough miners who worry Mary, it's the town's handsome sheriff, Carson Barclay.

The instant Carson meets Mary he is smitten. And although troubles in the mine keep Carson busy, he finds the time to court Mary.

Mary has to decide if Carson's arms are her haven. He's persistent, proposing every chance he gets. But how can she accept when her past stands in the way of her future? Only when she faces her ex-employer can Mary finally be free to find the happiness she deserves.

Action-packed, yet warm and fuzzy, this book is the perfect combination of Americana and Western romance. Robin Lee Hatcher concludes her series with a triumph. SWEET (Oct., 432 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin