As the daughter of a prostitute, who leaves her at age nine on the steps of an orphanage, teacher Kate Whittington has no prospects for a normal life in her gossipy small town in Maine. Answering an ad for a mail-order bride gives hope to her dreams of a home and family.

After corresponding with Reed Barton, Kate marries the Texas rancher by proxy and heads out west to his home. But she arrives in the midst of chaos.

Simultaneously, Reed returns home wounded from recapturing his son from the Comanche who stole him years before, only to find his estranged father has just died and a strange woman is standing in his living room claiming to be his wife. It seems Reeds estranged father wrote the lettersand though Reed may not need a wife, he does need a woman to care for his son.

An embittered, emotionally scarred man, a confused, frightened child and a woman who fights for her dreams and is willing to do whatever she must to heal their wounded souls, make SUMMER MOON a heart-tugging romance. The slowly growing love between all three characters touches our deepest emotions and brings a sweet tear and gentle smile to readers seeking that soul-stirring read. SENSUAL (Aug., 336 pp., $15.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin