Ever since his close friend's death, Dr. John Calloway has thrown himself into his work—which is why the soldiers he leads request a mail-order bride for him. Sarah O'Neill comes west because she wants a family, plus she's also looking for her long-lost brother. The trail leads to Calgary.
As Sarah struggles to prove she's a worthy wife, John can't help but admire her courage. They marry, but the secret she's keeping about her brother and his possible criminal activities divides them. When the truth is revealed, will John follow his heart?
Sparked by the true incident of a troupe of Mounties who ordered a bride for their commander as a prank, this is an endearing love story. Bridges recreates a time and place to perfection and then adds an American touch with warmhearted characters and tender love. SENSUAL (Dec., 350 pp., $5.50)