Claiming her own homestead is the only way Emily Bright can see to become independent. With medical knowledge gained from her sister Kate's husband and a strong will, Emily heads for the wilds of Montana.

Jake Sullivan is returning home after a year, ready to rebuild his homestead. Instead of peace and quiet, he finds a woman living on his land and in his house. There is no way Jake is going to allow a woman to steal his homestead, even one as bright, pretty and as good a cook as Emily.

Jake tries to get Emily off the claim, but she's determined not to leave. They are just beginning to settle their differences when Emily learns Kate is coming to visit.

In desperation, Emily asks Jake to marry her, not a real marriage, just until Kate leaves. But, a lot can happen when these two passionate people are forced to live together, and readers will delight in seeing how love manages to change their lives and chase away the demons of the past.

Susan Kay Law brings the best of Americana and western romance together in another delightful novel. With strong, three-dimensional characters, compassionate and poignant treatment of the bonds among family and friends, as well as the importance of Emily's medical training, she gives readers an intriguing prospective on the West at the turn of the 20th century. Truly a heart-tugging, charmer of a read. SENSUAL (May, 380 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin