Nothing will stop railroad heiress Sara Livingston from getting what she wants. And what she wants is a husband. Sara makes one last attempt, when she meets and trades places with Olivia Mallory, an unwilling mail-order bride to the rancher Walker McKay. Left standing at the alter years before, hes not willing to risk any more on a wife than simple courtesy, but Sara soon challenges his expectations.

Once wed, life seems ideal. Especially the marriage bed. But now that Sara has what she always wanted, keeping him is another story. Determined to right every wrong to keep her not-so-perfect world perfect, Sara comes face to face with her worst fears when the real Olivia shows up.

When her life is threatened, Sara finally realizes whats important, and though growing up is sometimes hard to do, its considerably lighter with Ms. Copelands humorous touches, which stir your emotions in that warm Americana style. Sweet, tender and poignant, this is a light little tale, though without Ms. Copelands usual high style. SWEET (Dec., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Anne Black