Mercy Monroe left behind a life of ease in Philadelphia when she and husband Judd moved to the plains of Kansas in 1866. Years on the horse farm bring hardship and, also, the greatest sense of fulfillment Mercy has ever known. All she and Judd lack is a house full of children.

God begins to answer that prayer in surprising ways, starting with the arrival of two abandoned children. But life continues to hit hard when Mercy and Judd are faced with a runaway daughter, a tragic Indian attack, a baby in a basket and unexpected love.

Hubbard delights with the first in a five-book series that is sure to keep readers salivating for the next installment. Some romantic events toward the end feel rushed, but the dynamic characters, especially the engaging Mercy, sustain the action throughout. (Jul., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson