by Jenna Kernan

May 2007
ISBN: 978-0-373-29447-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin
Mass Market Paperback

Tom West was her only hope and her last resort. He would have to help her. It was the least he could do.

Fourteen years ago Sarah was told the love of her life was dead. She’d been devastated. Next she found out she was pregnant with Tom West’s baby. When Tom’s brother offered to marry her Sarah’s thought was to give her baby the West name. Though her heart was not in it, Sarah accepted the offer.

If she thought her world could not hold anymore surprises she was mistaken. An acquaintance revealed that Tom was still alive. Sarah was afraid to believe it. After her husband confirmed the tale and confessed he’d known all along Sarah’s heart froze over. Her husband’s grief from his part in the deceit led him to an early grave. She barely had time to deal with being a widow when her daughter was abducted by the Sioux. Having exhausted all resources, Tom was all she had left. Whether he wanted to or not, he was going to help her rescue their daughter.

For Tom seeing Sarah again after all these years was painful. It refreshed the memory of her betrayal. When Sarah told him that Lucie was his daughter and not his niece, Tom found himself doubting the stories he’d been told. The stories that spurred his decision so long ago. Tom had learned the hard way that a man’s decision today would determine his tomorrows. The opportunity to make things right with Sarah had come and he wasn’t going to let it slip away.

The characters in High Plains Bride will be remembered long after the reader has finished the book. Sarah refuses to be a victim and is willing to sacrifice herself for those she loves. I loved being able to be with Lucie through her experiences and find that she is as strong as her mother. It is hard not to forgive Tom for his mistakes. He wastes no time in doing everything possible to set things right. The reader is left with no doubt that he loves Sarah and Lucie.

High Plains Bride is a book that makes you sigh with contentment after finishing the story.

Reviewed in June 2007 by Rho.

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