Molly Cogan was barely scraping by in California, raising two boys alone. When she gets a phonecall that her grandfather is dying, she sells everything to move to Sweetgrass, Montana.
Sam Dakota was a rodeo star until an accident ended his career. His anger had landed him in jail, and recently he's just been a drifter. He had been trying to find work that would earn him enough to move elsewhere when he met Walt Wheaton, who offered him a job and a home. But will he be able to stay once Walt's granddaughter arrives?
The idyllic town isn't exactly what Molly remembers. As soon as she arrives, people start trying to convince her to sell the ranch. Then a series of "accidents" proves that someone is willing to do anything to get what they want. Her grandfather's solution to making sure she keeps the ranch is simple: marry Sam Dakota.
Ms. Macomber has an immense skill for character development, and she uses it well in this wonderfully warm relationship. (Apr., 384 pp., $6.99)