SMOKE RIVER BRIDE
Banning pens another delightful, quick and heartwarming read, returning fans to Smoke River, where Leah must face extraordinary odds to survive prejudice and the effects of hatred before finding acceptance and love.
Leah Cameron escapes to Smoke River as a mail-order bride instead of being sold as a concubine. Half Chinese, half American, she has always struggled to fit in, but Smoke River might prove more than she can handle. Her new husband is distant, his son rude and most of the townsfolk dangerous in their hatred of her. Thad MacAllister lost his first wife; he won’t lose another one, or his heart. All he has to do is save his wheat fields and everything else will be fine. Except that life isn’t about control, it’s about something Thad has yet to learn. Something only Leah can teach him. (HARLEQUIN, Aug., 283 pp., $6.50)