HIS SUBSTITUTE BRIDE
This tender and loving story, spinning off from Lane's previous western, showcases her talent for drawing three-dimensional characters and placing them in an exciting time and place.
Annie Gustavson loved Quint Seavers all her life, but when he abandoned her pregnant sister, Hannah, leaving his brother to step forward and marry her, Annie thought she'd never see him again.
But soon she's on her way to San Francisco with his daughter for a visit. Quint didn't know what he'd done until he returned home to find his brother and Hannah in love. Now an investigative reporter, he has unearthed city government corruption when Annie and Clara arrive. Quint is reluctant to send them home, even though he knows his work places them in danger. When Clara is kidnapped, Annie shows true courage and, as the city comes crashing down in an earthquake, she proves she's the only woman for him. (HARLEQUIN, Apr., 296 pp., $5.99)