Ciotta weaves a web of deceit
and love in her western novel.
First-time readers will applaud
her descriptions, intricate plot and
the love that develops between
Emily and Seth. Even cynical readers
will be enthralled with this most delightful tale of love.

Emily's secret life as an author brings her to the attention of a blackmailer, but help soon arrives in the form of one Phineas Pinkerton, a poet whose preferences are not for the opposite sex, Emily thinks. But she reconsiders her opinion of the handsome stranger when he gives her lessons in shooting and lovemaking.

Posing as Phineas, Seth is on a mission to take a marriage proposal from his boss to Emily. But when he meets the beautiful, feisty and mysterious librarian, he's dumfounded. The closer he gets to Emily, the more she pulls away. Then he's shot and Emily's blackmailer lures her to San Francisco. Seth follows in an effort to rescue her and win her heart. (Medallion, Aug., 368 pp., $6.95)
Reviewed by: 
Faith V. Smith