In 1838 Massachusetts, Jace Randall escapes his overbearing sister by working in Tucker Mills as heir to his uncle's saw mill and farm. He's even going to prove his sister wrong by avoiding women.

After having her heart broken, Madalyn Shephard isn't thinking about romance when she returns to Tucker Mills. She's particularly wary of handsome Jace, and as their attraction heats up, devious meddling by Jace's lonely sister seems to doom the relationship.

Wick's plot is lively and her characters engaging, though a small amount of head-hopping and author intrusion offer minor distraction. (Mar., 325 pp., $11.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson