SANTA IN A STETSON
This lovely story has a bit of a "marry in haste, repent at leisure" message as the hero and heroine struggle to adjust to their new situation. Their journey from lovers to friends to partners and, finally, two halves of a comfortable whole, is well depicted.
Returning with him to his New Mexico ranch as his wife, Diana soon discovers that being in the middle of nowhere, with only her husband and his disapproving friend for company, is a lonely and discouraging reality. On the verge of leaving, she agrees to give their marriage eight months to find out if their love can weather the problems they face, or if they will be spending their first Christmas together apart. (ZEBRA, Oct., 304 pp., $6.99)