By the early 1800s, two noble families, the Chathams and the Thornes, began to feud in earnest. Olivia Hewes, a Chatham, must cope with her alcoholic mother and mentally handicapped brother, while resisting her attraction to Lord Randolph Sherbourne, a Thorne. Randolph is committed to ending the age-old feud, especially after meeting the charming Olivia. The two decide peace is worth any price, yet when the truth about Randolph's father's mysterious death is revealed, peace seems a hopeless dream. With a deft pen, Catherine Palmer deals with the heartache of feuds, doctrinal disputes and alcoholism. In WILD HEATHER (4.5), she delivers the quintessential love story with a fresh plot that contains plenty of twists and turns. (Mar., 376 pp., $10.99)
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Vickie McDonough