Gracelin O'Malley left famine-ridden Ireland, hoping to lessen the pain of losing her loved ones. Determined to build a new life for her daughter and adopted son, she arrives in the City of Gold, intent on accepting the kindly sea captain Reinders' marriage proposal. But he's away at sea when she arrives.

Gracelin accepts a kind doctor's offer of a job as his housekeeper. She has no idea that the doctor's sister will entrap her in a blackmail plot, or that the man she loved and lost will rise from the dead, offering Gracelin a second chance at happiness.

Not only is this a glorious saga of one woman's triumph over tragedy, it's a colorful portrait of a time and place. Moore's poetic prose gives her story a lilt and her characters a realism found in the finest sagas. SWEET (Feb., 416 pp., $13.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin