WATCHERS ON THE HILL
Charlotte Valentine Bishop is a grateful widow, free of the abuse her army officer husband heaped upon her and her son. But the matriarch of the Bishop family continues her son's legacy of cruelty until Charlotte flees to the one haven she never thought she'd seekher childhood home of Fort Robinson, Nebraska.
The surprises and challenges of the frontier, as well as its freedom and beauty, spark a renewed faith in God. But when tragedy strikes, will her trust in God fail?
Lieutenant Nathan Boone takes a shine to Charlotte's hurting son, but can he believe that the spoiled, vain Charlotte he once knew has become the woman who can heal his broken heart?
Whitson nicely balances a variety of characters, many familiar from the first installment of the Pine Ridge Portraits series. She keeps her back story admirably lean while moving the current story forward. (Aug., 320 pp., $12.99)
Jill Elizabeth Nelson