Pampered Southern belle Wynne Eliot means to track down two-timing thief Cass Claxton and shoot him. Then she can return to her war-ravaged plantation and try to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.

A stage-coach robbery lands her penniless in the Claxtons' Ozark hometown and under the protection of Cass' brother, Cole. She didn't know he was the slimy polecat's brother when she accepted his help, and now that she's settled in the hospitable Claxton household, how can she shoot dear Lilly's youngest son when he finally shows up fresh from the War Between the States? Worse, she's falling for Cole, a man who can spike her temper and melt her knees.

Copeland's humor is laugh-out-loud funny, but Wynne's actions aren't always believable. (Jan., 312 pp., $11.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson