Six years ago, Susanne McCord tricked Cass Claxton into a shotgun wedding to get him to take her to St. Louis. Now a reformed Susanne needs him to escort her and nine orphans to Kansas territory. But Cass would rather escort her to her own funeral. Desperate, she blackmails him with the fact that the marriage was never annulled. The journey tests the mettle of each. But will either be able to lay to rest the past in order to start fresh?

This Men of the Saddle series has been less than impressive, and this is the most problematic of the bunch. The faith element seems slapped on top of some unappealing lead characters, the plot points don't feel real and a number of the details are anachronistic. (Sep., 314 pp., $11.99)
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Jill Elizabeth Nelson