Jessy Nile Calder's happiness is complete: she can count marriage to Ty, the man she loves; a large extended family; a successful ranch to help run; and twins on the way. But a shadow falls on her perfect bliss when Tara, Ty's unscrupulous ex-wife, comes back to Montana and the Triple C with marriage on her mind-that is, remarriage to Ty. Suspicion, dissension, and jealousy run rampant as Tara's schemes not only do their damage to Jessy and Ty's marriage but threaten the Calder empire as well. Passion, vengeance, and an unexpected danger from the past add to the mix in a story that, while bittersweet and slightly melodramatic, continues the ongoing Calder saga in fine style. Calder fans will be waiting. Dailey (A Capital Holiday) is noted for her many contemporary romances. She lives in Branson, MO. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information.
Trodding the familiar terrain of the western romance with practiced skill, veteran novelist Dailey returns again to the Calder clan and its Triple C Montana ranch. Ty Calder has recovered from the kidnap/shooting that ended Calder Pride, and he and Jessy are joyfully expecting twins. Jessy, a cowhand's daughter, grew up on the ranch and shares a love for the land with Ty and Ty's father, Chase. The one obstacle to the family's continued prosperity is a 10,000-acre parcel of government land that lies within the ranch boundaries; negotiations for clear title are stalled in political wrangling between cattlemen and environmentalists. Jessy's nemesis is Tara, the glamorous daughter of rich industrialist E.J. Dyson, who was Ty's first wife. When Dyson suffers a fatal heart attack, a distraught Tara begs Cat, Ty's sister, who was once close to her, and Ty himself, to attend the Texas funeral. Reluctantly, Ty goes and falls victim to Tara's machinations to recapture his love machinations that include Tara wangling herself an invitation to visit the ranch. Meanwhile, Jessy's twins are born, ex-convict Buck Haskell (once Chase's best friend) reappears and tensions build between Ty and Jessy he resents cowhand Ballard's attentions to Jessy; she distrusts Tara. Tara's continued presence in their lives is the source of rumors and suspicions culminating in tragedy and great opportunities for a sequel. While some characters are stereotypes, the villain is well disguised and Jessy is a strong role model for readers. After a slow scene-setting start, Dailey turns out a page-turner. (July 2) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.