Teenager Opal Torvald loves ranching in Dakotah Territory and wants to become a respected horse trainer. But entering womanhood puts a few kinks in her plans.

First, she discovers the hard way that obeying childish impulses can get her in a heap of trouble and other people hurt. Next, her older sister Ruby proposes to send Opal east for training in ladylike behavior. Then God tempts her by sending an attractive preacher to their town.

Snelling's latest in the Dakotah Treasures series continues the saga of the Torvald sisters. Opal is an engaging heroine, but the plot feels erratic and is dragged out by scenes that seem inserted to showcase period detail rather than further the story. (Jan., 320 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson