Pregnant, penniless and fleeing her brutal employer, Kate Chandler takes the chance to stake a claim in the land rush. In desperation, she makes a bargain with the devil by agreeing to marry a stranger.

Bounty hunter Cole Youngblood has a job to do; hunt and retrieve a pregnant woman. But suddenly saddled with his orphaned niece and nephews, hes desperate to find them a mother and Kates the ideal candidate . Hell claim her land, if shell care for the children. Cole has no idea Kate is the woman hes hunting.

Kate guards her secret and the name of her unborn childs father as closely as she guards her heart. But there is something about Cole and his rag-tag family that melts her resolve.

Kate makes Cole dream of another kind of life, a new start with Kate and the children. But instead of safety, their love releases Kates secret and allows the ruthless people who want Kate and her child to threaten Cole, the children and their bright future.

Set against the drama and excitement of the Great Land Run, Cheryl Anne Porter mixes touches of Americana with the gritty realities of life as she brings together two of her most appealing characters. PRAIRIE SONG keeps readers glued to the pages while they wipe a way a tear or two and cheer on the good guys. SENSUAL (May, 352 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin