Rayne Lungrin stands by husband Kol's grave in shock wondering how she and her sons will live without the man they love. She prays she can harvest the wheat. Then she discovers the pile of bills and despairs about keeping her home. Several neighbors offer their help, and Daniel Lindsay, Kol's friend, lends a hand in the field and asks nothing in return.

But Daniel does have needs. He wants a family and love, something Rayne and her sons can provide. But he's sensitive to her recent loss and bides his time—until the bills pile up and Rayne has no choice but to accept his proposal of marriage.

The beauty of Hart's story lies in the hearts of her characters, who build a family from the pieces of their grief.

Though readers will feel a kinship with Rayne and Daniel, the story lacks the depth of emotions that a stronger cast of characters could have provided. Still, this book will appeal to anyone seeking a tender romance. SENSUAL (Dec., 300 pp., $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin