No one would believe that young pretty Emily von Plotz is also "Aunt Emily," advice columnist for the San Francisco Call.

When Emily accidentally meets the charming Texas rancher, Will Tate, she believes she's met "Texas Lonesome," the author of a letter requesting her advice on finding a wife. Once she's met her letter writer, Emily is sure she can help Will find the perfect woman: herself.

Will is completely enchanted by Emily and decides not to reveal that he's not the lonesome Texan who wrote to her for help. Instead he plays into her game and finds himself falling in love with the lively Emily.

It is Emily's hope to marry for love and money in order to help support her aunt and uncle whose dream it is to breed dachshunds. With Will's help, her uncle begins his business, but when a spurned suitor decides to exact his revenge on Emily, she and Will must band together to save their love and the dogs.

TEXAS LONESOME delightfully combines a Regency-style comedy of manners with a charming turn-of-the-century romance. It is a sweet confection that will make for a most pleasant read. SWEET (Jan., 342 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin