Miller creates another heartwarming story peopled with delightful characters, both two- and four-legged, in the second book of her new McKettrick trilogy. Her heroine is bright and independent, and her hero is alpha male with a gentle nature. The secondary characters add much to the story. Many of them are familiar faces from previous books.

Five years after his wife's unexpected death, Rance McKettrick still mourns her. So much so that he submerges himself in work, leaving much of the raising of his two young daughters to his mother-in-law. Then Echo Wells moves to town and opens a bookstore. Even though she's the opposite of his wife in so many ways, Rance is overwhelmingly attracted to her. But Echo has her own disappointment in love to overcome, so it looks like this road to romance is going to be quite rocky. (HQN, Mar., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley