Four romances spanning two centuries on a unique Michigan island come to life in this touching collection. In Mills' novella, "When the Shadow Falls," Ninette and Neal should be enemies, since she's French and he's English. But they join forces after an Indian attack and sparks ignite.

In "The Spinster's Beau," by Stengl, unmarried midwife Jane is summoned to help the local doctor. But instead of delivering a baby, she helps nurse August, who was injured in a fight, back to health. Can August become a man worthy of Jane's love?

"Dreamlight," by Spaeth, features Francine, who loves to draw but whose family sees it as fanciful. When she begins to spend time with Thomas, she wonders if he can accept everything about her.

Finally, Martin's "True Riches" brings the reader to the present day. Alison is working at the fabulous Grand Hotel and meets Jacob, whose family is much better off financially than hers. As the two spend time researching Alison's family history, they realize that they have more in common than they could have imagined. (May, 352 pp., $6.97)

Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel