Sheep farmer Stuart has no idea why Mariah Garrison, a cattle ranchers daughter, would want to meet him under the kissing bridgethat us, until he sees the lamb shes carrying in a picnic basket. Mariah cant understand the hatred shared between sheep farmers and cattle ranchers. As she and Stuart begin meeting regularly, she dreams of marrying him when she returns from school in the East.

Four years apart has not changed their feelings, but the tension in the town has escalated. The cattlemen have hired a gunman to drive the sheep farmers out.

Mariah and Stuart must find a way to bring the two sides together and secure a safe place for them to build their own life. Mariah willingly leaves her family behind to marry Stuart, but the tension and prejudice will not leave them alone, until they stand together in the face of hatred.

This tender, sweet story carries a powerful message that readers will not be able to ignore. Though the conflict and tension arise from the situation and not the lovers relationship, readers will find themselves completely caught up in the emotional storm of the hate that divides a community and the lovers desire for peace. SENSUAL (Jul., 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin