Since his baby sisters death on the wagon train headed to California, Jack Wade has been haunted by grief. Unable to bear Roses death, he leaves the train in Salt Lake City and heads out on his own for Montana.

Guilt compels Jack to start writing letters to his sister Callie; letters that not only keep her informed about his life, but letters in which he bares his soul, his dreams and his sorrows.

As a gambling man, Jack finds himself situated in a mining town where he can work in a saloon. He meets Lillie, a female card dealer. Though shes learned to harden herself against love, Lillie is attracted to Jack and in many ways takes him under her wing. Life is good until Jack makes an enemy of the wrong man.

He must flee, leaving Lillie. Wounded and near death, he wanders onto Blackfoot territory where he is rescued and nursed back to health. Here he meets and falls in love with Raven, a woman who has a powerful hold on his heart.

Jack would stay with the Blackfoot, but another twist of fate sends back to civilization and to Lillie. It is time for him to make some important decisions about his life.

With all the grit and reality that made The Journal of Callie Wade so believable, LETTERS TO CALLIE is a testament to the frontiersmen who made this country what it is today. Through his own words, Jack conveys what it was like for the men and women who were courageous enough to leave safety and their pasts behind to find new lives in the West. Ms. Miller presents the good, the bad and the ugly without flinching and allows us to fully experience Jacks tragedies and triumphs. A not to be missed book for Western historical readers. SENSUAL (Aug., 336 pp., $12.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin