DeWitt (Witt) takes the job of sheriff in Elk Creek to bury the scandal of his divorce. Becoming attracted to another woman never entered his mind. Then eight-year-old Dickie Calahan reports a bank robbery and his life becomes entangled with Dickies mother, Molly, who owns the towns mercantile.

Widowed Molly hasnt thought about marriage until she meets the devastatingly handsome lawman. Dickies accusations bring him into the mercantile, but Witts powerful sweet tooth for the candy she sells and his immediate attraction to Molly keep him coming back.

When it appears that Witt is not ready to make the first move, Molly boldly sets out to get her man and neither gossips nor bank robbers will stop her.

Nicely written, with a charming cast of very real small town characters, THE LAWMAN TAKES A WIFE is sweet tale centering on a slightly wounded hero, a feisty heroine, two adorable children and a town filled with real people with real problems: true Americana. SENSUAL (Aug., 350 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin