Deb Stover?s ingenuity and cleverness soar in this heart-warming ?Robin Hood with a twist? story where family loyalty takes center stage.

Mary Goode rescues her brother and his two friends, an Indian and a midget, from an asylum. The foursome go west to Oklahoma and a place they call Sherwood Forest. Mary becomes their Maid Marian and each takes on the identity of one of Robin Hood?s men.

After eight years, a stranger enters their midst. U.S. Marshall Shane Latimer is a man who could destroy their haven. Shane is thrown from his horse and bitten by a snake while in pursuit of outlaws. He awakens to find himself surrounded by Robin and his eccentric ?Merry Men.?

This band of good and kind people nurses him back to health. But he has a job to do?find the gang that has been stealing from the rich to give to the poor?and he wonders if Mary and her friends could be the bandits he seeks.

Love and duty war as Shane falls in love with Mary, making it a challenge to do his job and keep his beloved.

Ms. Stover has proven her ability as a storyteller in paranormal venues and moves into historical romance with the same remarkable talents. Here is a story that makes readers believe in the power of family and love. STOLEN WISHES proves that ?family? is not just blood ties but also the love that binds people. Let yourself be held in the comfort of Deb Stover?s ?feel-good? gem of a romance. SENSUAL (Oct., 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin