To escape her past, Kate Murphy travels as a mail-order bride to Colorado to become the wife of a man she has never met. She arrives just as there is a mine cave-in and finds out that the man she has come to marry has died.
Trev Trevelyan, mine superintendant, is a widower with two young children that need a caretaker. He offers Kate a job, even though she knows nothing about children.
He has vowed never to marry again and Kate plans to save enough money to leave Orion and go to Denver to study astronomy. Trev is attracted to Kate, but knows she has her dreams. Seeing her with his children, however, begins to make him want to change her mind. Trouble at the mines brings Trev and Kate closer together and it isnt until Kate is almost lost to him that he realizes he must admit his love to her to convince her to make a life with him.
MAIL-ORDER BRIDE has the potential to be a wonderful story, but somehow never engaged this readers emotions. Delightful secondary characters, especially Trevs 4-year-old mute daughter and the woman Kate rents a room from, Mrs. Hartwick, added to the enjoyment. SENSUAL (Feb., 384 pp., $5.99)