THE STRANGER'S SECRETS
This sequel to The Redemption of Micah is a fast-paced and well-written story about people finding their way after the horrors of war. Her wonderful characters and verbal repartee move the story along nicely.
It has been years since Sarah Spalding has seen her brother, Micah. Now she's on her way from Virginia to Colorado with Mavis Ledbetter as her companion. Whitman Kendrick joins them in their train compartment, on his way to Kansas to marry.
Sarah is attracted to the handsome Whit, but he's a Yankee and it's because of them that she walks with a cane and lost everything. Yet Sarah comes to depend on him to help her on the journey after she fires Mavis. Their attraction builds until they can no longer deny the temptation.
When Mavis turns up dead, Sarah is the main suspect. She and Whit pretend they're married while trying to find the real killer, but it's Whit's secret about the war that he must hide from Sarah. Though they have fallen in love, past hurts and a murder threaten to pull them apart. (BRAVA, Jan., 272 pp., $14.00)