Warren's first novel in her Noble Legacy series will win her many fans. Characters with hidden agendas -- both good and bad -- along with some humorous interactions between the hero and heroine, will keep readers glued to the pages while they deduce who the villain is and imagine the wonderful Montana land so clearly depicted.
Nick Noble, hailed as the prodigal son, returns to his family ranch, the Silver Buckle. He intends to right past wrongs and contest his father's will in order to keep the ranch in the family. It's been 10 years since he was home, but he hasn't forgotten the woman he left behind nor the mistakes he's made since then. Nick seeks forgiveness, peace and even love, but someone is out to stop him. (Tyndale, Jan., 372 pp., $12.99)