McKade enthralls readers with a story short in length but big in impact that takes your breath away with its intense emotions and insight into the human heart, reminiscent of Francine Rivers. Brava to the author for being unafraid to put the pain of war and the sacrifice of so many on the page. She let us cry and heal with her characters.

A Northerner living in the South, Laurel Covey's loyalties are torn apart by the Civil War, but not when she nurses the wounded. She watches too many die, and in an attempt to ease their passing, she writes down their last words with the promise to find their families and relay their final thoughts.

When she's attacked by hooligans she's rescued by ex-gunslinger/bounty hunter Creede Forrester, who's searching for news of his son. Honor and chivalry demand he accompany her on her journey, and it pains Laurel to tell him the boy died.

Creede carries guilt over his wife's death and now his son's. Their deep emotional scars draw them together, but is their slowly growing friendship and love strong enough to overcome the shadows of guilt and the pain of loss? (Berkley Sensation, Sep., 304 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin