by Diann Mills

September 2006
ISBN: 1-59789-356-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Barbour Publishing Inc.
Trade Paperback

When Jenny Martin learns that her sister, Jessica, has died, she leaves her Cleveland home to head to Texas to get her sisterís only child, a little girl. She travels by train, but is disturbed by the knowledge that a man has trailed her from Cleveland all the way to the small town in Texas and has tried to approach her several times on the trip.

When Jenny arrives in Texas, the weariness from the trip and the hot temperatures assail her and she passes out. She is taken to the town doctor for care, but the doctor, Grant, is a bit leery of her. After all, she looks a lot like her sister, Jessica, and he fears that she is going to claim his adopted daughter, Rebecca, and take her away.

It doesnít take Jenny long to realize that Rebecca is indeed Jessicaís child, and she and Grant are instantly at odds. The strange man from the train is also still hanging around, and Jenny learns that her sister has hidden a treasure somewhere. Is the stranger trailing her for the money? And who will win the custody dispute over Rebecca?

Lanterns And Lace is the second book in Ms. Mills Texas Legacy series, but it easily stands alone. I felt for Jenny when she learns of her sisterís death and longs to raise her child. I also felt for Grant, as he faces losing the daughter he loves. I hoped that these two individuals would be able to work out their differences.

The faith message is expertly woven in, and the story telling is impeccable. Historical fans and western fans alike will not want to miss this latest offering by Ms. Mills. I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming story. The only problem I had is that at times the story seemed to drag a little.

Reviewed in August 2006 by Laura.

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