It wont be easy for readers to part with the friends they made in Springwater as Linda Lael Miller completes her Springwater Saga with JESSICA. The stagecoach stop has grown into a small town filled with memorable characters and now Jessica Barnes arrives to take over her deceased brothers newspaper and care for her infant nephew.

From her brothers letters Jessica knows to refuse any offer of help from the arrogant, chauvinist Gage Calloway.

Gage thinks Jessicas rudeness, repeatedly rejecting his overtures, is a result of grief and strain. But once Gage tells Jessica that he holds the note on the newspaper, she changes her tune.

Gage has no intention of closing down the business. In fact, he sets out to court the recalcitrant miss. Their courtship is a pleasure to watch, especially with the entire town helping to send the stubborn Jessica into Gages arms.

The warmth that spreads through JESSICA is captivating. The gentle beauty of the tales and the delightful, warmhearted characters bring a slice of Americana straight onto readers keeper shelves. Linda Lael Millers miniseries is a gift to treasure. SENSUAL (May, 150 pp., $3.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin