Charity Beal knows she can be happy anywhere, including 1854 San Francisco, as long as she remains a widow. She doesn't mourn the death of her cruel husband, as she helps Thorne Blackwell find a safe haven for his half-brother, Aaron Ashton, and Aaron's family. Aaron's father wants them dead for reasons only his twisted mind knows. When Aaron is kidnapped, Charity and Thorne end up on a journey north to the Columbia River. Would-be killers are hot on their trail, hoping to finish what they started. Charity and Thorne have to keep their wits about them to survive the trip. Valerie Hansen's Wilderness Courtship (4) is a sweet story, with just the right amount of intrigue and mystery to keep readers turning pages.