Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Cordelia Jameson lived with her brother Jonathan after the death of her fiancé. When Jonathan died he left her $5,000 as an inheritance and she knew that she would have to find a husband which led her to Emily Johnson owner of Brides of the West. Unfortunately her brother’s ex-partner wants the money back and believes it is his and he goes so far as beating her for it. Emily saves the day finding the perfect husband for her, David Thomas who owns a ranch and a bank.
David has a four year old daughter Margie who he loves with all his heart even though his wife lied and the baby wasn’t his. After his wife tried to kill Victoria whose story we read in book one she was hanged. His wife believed that Victoria carried David’s child which was not true and she paid for it with her life. Now he wants a woman to bear him more children and a woman to help raise his little girl. Marriage, babies but no love since he feels incapable of giving it to anyone but his daughter.
Cordelia arrived black and blue and gave David the chance to back out of their arrangement, feeling that she is bringing trouble to him, but of course he refused. They are married and settle into a very comfortable life together until Richard Lynch her brother’s ex-partner shows up again and this time leaves Cordelia with broken ribs and sixteen stitches to her face.
Learning how to be a rancher’s wife, learning to be a new mother and trying not to fall in love with her new husband, while watching out for Lynch is a lot for any woman to have to deal with but with David’s support she is determined to keep her family and herself safe.
A beautiful love story about life in the 1800’s. I love my visits to this time period but only a short visit since I prefer my milk and eggs come from a store lol. This book like the others in this series is fast moving and filled with suspense and romance.