An abduction caused by a case of mistaken identity strands Patience Smith in the 1872 Colorado gold fields. In the middle of nowhere in the dead of winter, dressed in nothing but a lacy wedding gown, indomitable PATIENCE (3) not only finds shelter, but also a gold mine—complete with an orphan to look after. Too bad the mine is rumored to be haunted, and no one will work it for her. Then bitter loner Sheriff Jay Longer shows up to "rescue" her and ends up needing rescue himself…from her spunky charms and winsome faith in God. Lori Copeland's latest in the Brides of the West series features lovable characters, though the plot wears a bit thin at times. (Feb., 328 pp., $9.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson