In 1875 Texas, former U.S. Marshal Riley Burnett assists a tinker with repairing a broken wheel. The strange individual tells him he will receive a gift that comes with a high price for his kindness. Riley thinks the man is a bit crazy and leaves.
In St., Louis, Phoebe Hightower meets a tinker, who grants her three wishes. Cold, hungry and worried, she wishes for a warm locale. She soon learns that she inherited half interest in a hotel and saloon in Rimshot, Nevada. Phoebe, accompanied by her butler, travels west. There they meet the other owner, the acrimonious Riley, and his little daughter. As Phoebe struggles to help Riley and his little girl, she falls in love with her partner. However, it will take the intervention of the tinker, her other wishes, and a miracle to awaken Riley to what his gift is.
Anyone who reads a Kathleen Kane novel knows that they are in for a thoroughly entertaining experience. Her latest historical romance, SIMPLY MAGIC, employs the trademark blending of the supernatural with a western romance in a humorous but poignant story line. Phoebe and Riley are an intriguing duo and the secondary characters augment the plot with warmth. As with all her superb novels (see A POCKETFUL OF PARADISE, STILL CLOSE TO HEAVEN, and THE OLDEST LIVING MARRIED VIRGIN), Ms Kane has succeeded once again with creating a necessary read for romance fans.