As long as we have our art, Andre Duval tells Phoenix Banister, we don't need anybody. But the sinister secrets that entangle them threaten Phoenix's growing love affair with Morgan Grayson. Phoenix expresses her deepest artistic passions in the sculptures she creates. And in arts-filled Santa Fe, she should be a star. Instead, it's Andre, her mentor, whose sculptures are applauded. Morgan reins in his frustrations both as art critic awestruck by her talent and as the man who is falling in love with the secretive Phoenix. Her skittish rebuff to his courtship calls for gentle handling in Francis Ray's You and No Other. This return to the Grayson family, whom matriarch Ruth is determined to marry off one by one, is a romantic tale worth savoring.
Sandy Huseby writes from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in northern Minnesota.