In 1868 Colorado Territory, the winters are bleak and the cold is enough to snuff out light and life. Kathryn Jennings is about to learn what it's like to have loved and lost, and the heartache of regret. Then, when the warmth of spring begins to thaw the land, it will try to give her heart another chance at love.

Dealing with demons from his past, Larson Jennings finally stops running when he runs headlong into God. Out of the ashes of his life comes new hope, new determination. Yet the past keeps getting in the way. He must let go of his mistrust and accept the love being freely offered.

It's a pleasure to read this debut book. Rich prose, a realistic setting and characters, and a compassionate story of love will keep you turning the pages long into the night. If there is one complaint, it's that Larson, a most desirable hero, takes too long to see what he has always had and how he might lose everything. (Mar., 298 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston