Moore’s first in her new Silver Creek series is packed with plenty of great, realistic dialogue and features two main characters whose actions and choices are easy to sympathize with. The glimpses of the hero’s two siblings will leave readers eager for their stories.
The death of her estranged husband and the hatred of his parents have put Tess Casari off men and marriage for good. Leaving New York for a new life in California, Tess takes a job at the Silver Creek Ranch. This puts her in the company of Ward Knowles, son of the ranch owners. Ward’s mother is delighted, seeing an opportunity to help Ward move on after his heart was broken when his fiancée jilted him. As Tess and Ward’s attraction develops, love grows, but Tess’ past and Ward’s ex-fiancée may spell doom for any future they hope to have. (BALLANTINE, Apr., 400 pp., $7.99)