Wyoming in 1870 is a wild and
often cruel place. When the widowed
and barren Jenna Hennesey finds a half-Indian/half-white baby on her doorstep, she's determined to keep her -- even if it means marrying again, something she had planned never to do.
Clint McKinnely offers to be her husband, but it takes some help from his uncle, the town doctor, to convince her that it's the best thing to do. Clint has wanted Jenna since he first met her, when she was still married to her abusive husband. He knows he's not the ideal man for her, but he can't stomach the thought of any other man having her.
This is a wonderful romance as well as a well-written western. The heroine is emotionally and physically crippled, but has a core of strength that McCarty does an excellent job of developing throughout. Clint is wonderfully heroic and his emotional healing is also well depicted. Although this third installment in the Promises series can be read alone, it reacquaints readers with many characters from former books. (Sep. '05, 377 pp., $17.99)