Bergren, author of more than 30 books, brings back the fictional St. Clair family siblings in this second installment in her Homeward Trilogy. Bergren deftly transitions among the separate stories of Odessa, Moira, and Dominic, before intertwining two of their paths. Odessa and husband Bryce struggle with fierce snowstorms that take the lives of many of their finest horses, and Bryce's brother Robert, come to help smooth out matters, only complicates them. Moira, swindled out of her money, travels back to the States and meets not one but two intriguing men en route home. Both take a strong interest in this singer, but only one has her best interest at heart. Dominic, the brawler, is taken captive on a sailing vessel and spends the bulk of the book fighting his way back to freedom. These three distinct storylines could very well be disjointed in the hands of a lesser writer, but Bergren makes it work seamlessly. (Apr.)
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