cover image A Calder at Heart

A Calder at Heart

Janet Dailey. Kensington, $27 (272p) ISBN 978-1-4967-2746-6

In Dailey’s intense third Calder Brand romance (after Calder Grit), love ignites between a WWI veteran and a frontier town doctor. U.S. Army Maj. Logan Hunter accepts distant cousin Webb Calder’s offer to start anew in 1919 Blue Moon, Mont., after the death of Logan’s family from the Spanish flu. There, Logan meets Dr. Kristin Dollarhide, who saw her own share of horrific battle injuries while aiding U.S. troops in France. The pair are drawn to each other, but their families are caught in an ongoing land feud. Logan’s determined to avoid the escalating feuding and embrace peace, angering Webb, who also has his eye on Kristin and relentlessly pursues her. Things grow even more complicated when Kristin’s half brother, Mason, returns to town, roping the locals into a liquor smuggling operation. Tensions run high as Webb learns of Logan’s interest in Kristin and Mason’s dangerous scheme heats up, leading to the possibility of bloodshed. Dailey keeps the pace brisk with dangers both natural and man-made, and her battle-scarred protagonists are easy to root for. Series fans will be well pleased. (Mar.)