When Calebs parents died, he was the only one of six children sent to Texas alone, separated for long years from the rest of his family. Now his brothers six children are orphaned by a fire and Caleb will do anything to keep them all together, even marry a woman hes never met to get custody.

Elthia Sinclare wants to prove to her family, especially her father, that she can take care of herself. She travels from Maryland to Texas to accept a position as governess to two Tanner daughters, but is confronted with a marriage contract that mysteriously bears her signature, and a family of six children.

Shes quickly attached to the children, the contract is legally binding and besides, Elthia doesnt want to face failure yet again. She agrees to marry Caleb and stay long enough to convince the judge theyre a family that should be allowed to remain together.

Winnie Griggs works a traditional plot with just the right degree of innovation in this story of family healing. Love wins in a novel of pleasurable and traditional reading. SENSUAL (Nov., 320 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger