Rancher Beau Jackson knows Maggie ONeill is on the run, but he feels an overwhelming need to protect the battered girl and her abused pets. So when his cook is called away he hires Maggie for the job.
Maggie has a great love for all Gods creatures. Even though she should fear Beau she is unwillingly attracted to the gentle giant who has taken her into his home.
Beau soon recognizes that Maggie has a special touch with horsesand with him. He is falling in love, yet he knows he must handle her slowly and carefully, or risk losing her. Then circumstances compel them to marry quickly, just before Maggies abusive father accuses her of horse theft.
As their love grows, suspicions of murder threaten their happiness.
Caroline Davidson has penned a lovely and tender Americana romance with a quirky cast of characters. She sensitively handles themes of abuse, literacy and love. SENSUAL (Feb., 350 pp., $5.50)