The second volume of Millie Criswell's Flowers of the West trilogy centers on Laurel Martin's determination to become a famous opera singer. The only problem is that Laurel can't sing.

When she can't find a job with Denver's prestigious opera company, Laurel finds herself singing in a bawdy saloon owned by rakish Chance Rafferty. From the moment Chance first encountered the fiercely independent Laurel, he had been intrigued, and when she needed employment, he offered her the job.

Sweet and very innocent Laurel soon finds herself scantily clad, singing ditties to a roomful of gamblers and noisy drunks, but her spunk earns their respect and a special place in Chance's heart.

Though he has an aversion to marriage, Chance realizes that if he wants this little lady he will have to change his ways. When she joins the ladies' temperance society, Chance has to find a way to keep both Laurel and his sanity.

SWEET LAUREL is a wonderful, humorous and poignant love story; just what readers have come to expect from the love and laughter master Millie Criswell. Here's another "keeper." SENSUAL (Mar., 352 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin