In Beholden by Bronwyn Williams (Topaz, $5.99, 0451407490), a young Irish woman, Kathleen O'Sullivan, leaves her homeland behind to build a new life in North Carolina with her sister Tara. Kathleen is on a search to find Galen McKnight, the man for whom her father sacrified his life. But once she finds him, she discovers that he is not the father figure they had hoped would help them start over in the New World. Beholden offers brilliant and captivating historical writing as plucky Katy takes on Galen's pride and the challenges of building her own dress shop business.

Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and Nevis, Minnesota. She is online at

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