After the collapse of his marriage, Wyatt has made a new life for himself, and he is content with it. Many people might see living out on a ranch alone with his dog and herding cows as more hiding than living, but he doesn’t want to see people anyway. Then he notices smoke coming from the old Fisher place.
Holly was doing fine, making a living as a songwriter in Austin, when her perfect sister showed up at her tiny apartment, dropped her 1-year-old son off — and just left. Holly has retreated to the old homestead to take care of the baby and figure out what she is going to do next. She is trying to get a fire going in the fireplace, but ends up smoking herself out when a real, live cowboy shows up. Wyatt’s lean and lovely, but doesn’t look like he has smiled since high school. Turns out cowboy Wyatt knows about babies as well as fireplaces and even lets Holly join him and his daughter for play dates. A fragile new family is just getting going when the world and its painful realities bursts in. Can Wyatt and Holly survive more buffeting? (POCKET, Mar., 392 pp., $7.99)