Toya Reinhart is a woman who lives by her word: whether as a young girl in Germany, promising Betina Bram that they will be friends forever, or when, as a young lady of marriageable age, she grants the dying wish of her twin sister by agreeing to marry a man she does not love.

Conrad Wagner is an honorable man. Though he loves Toya, he will not come between her and the pledge she made. He is forced into close contact with Toya again and again when she is hired to assist his aging grandfather.

Betina finds herself stuck in the middle of it all. She has to conceal her love for the man her best friend is meant to marry, pretend that she wants to remain just a friend to the man she actually wants to marry, and fend off the jealousy Toya fights to hide. Each of these three people has much to do before they can find the happiness they long for. A crisis will pull them together and strengthen their resolve.

A warm story of friendship and honor with an enchanting cast of secondary characters, this pleasant tale will bring a smile to your face. SWEET (May, 304 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson