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WILLOW
by Norah Hess

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Texas, 1800s

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Concerned about her daughter Willow, Ruth Ames arranges for her to become Jules Asher's housekeeper on his Texas ranch.

What Willow finds is a filthy ranch house with crusty old Aunt Jess, the lazy housekeeper Nina and the owner. He happens to be the same man who propositioned her in town!

Willow knows she has to keep her distance from Jules because all he can think about is having her in his bed. But when the cook breaks his leg, Willow volunteers to cook on the cattle drive. When Willow is attacked by one of the hands, Jules rescues her and they give way to their reined-in passion. when her mother arrives, seriously ill, she rushes home from the driveto tend to her.

As Ruth mends, Willow waits for Jules to propose. Crushed when she overhears Jules telling Aunt Jess that he will never marry, Willow leaves the ranch.

Complications arise when her stepfather and an old suitor come seeking Willow. Old passion flares, but pride and misunderstanding keep Jules and Willow apart until they can no longer deny their love.

Again Norah Hess gives readers a story of a woman who learns to take care of herself, fills her tale with interesting, well-developed characters and a plot full of twists and turns, passion and humor. This is another page-turner. SENSUAL (Apr., 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Evelyn Feiner

Publisher: Leisure

Published: April 1998

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