Millicent Strong is not the typical Victorian woman. Headstrong and determined, she is certain of her ability to make her way in the world without a man and without God. Then she travels out west to attend her brother's wedding and meets handsome minister and potential love interest Adam Conrad. But both her disbelief in God and her reluctance to live in the wilderness threaten to keep them apart. The realism of the characters propels this book above the typical romance novel fodder. Grote (Treasure of the Heart, Heartsong Presents, 1993) is especially convincing in her portrayal of Millicent, a woman who is dismayed at falling in love with a man who is all the things she vowed never to become. Highly recommended for collections needing romance novels.