Clarissa's life is shattered when her husband abandons her and their daughter. With friends, she embarks on an arduous trip from Missouri to Montana for a new life.

Lieutenant Dawson Clements has seen his share of tragedy and is ready for a fresh start. His military experience makes him the ideal person to lead the group west. Dawson and Clarissa are drawn together emotionally, although they can't fully open their hearts. Will he allow God into his life so the relationship can blossom?

Bittner provides a richly detailed backdrop to a heartwarming romance. Elements of adventure and peril are skillfully merged with the love of God and family. Evocative language places readers in the center of the story and the characters' emotional struggles. This standout novel is truly in a class of its own. (Jan., 304 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel