Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Once again, we meet one of the mail order brides who traveled with Nellie from book one. Annie Markum White did not find the love Nellie did with her husband, Blake. Now Annie finds herself penniless, pregnant and alone. Her husband died leaving her without a thing. The only thing she can do is ask for help from Nellie.
Nellie and Blake welcome Annie with open arms and offer her a place to live and have her baby. Also at the house is Nicolas Cartwright, a man who first saw Annie at Nellie and Blake’s wedding. It was love at first sight. He knew she was getting married and would fulfill her contract, so he walked away. Now he has another chance, and he is not going to give up until Annie is his wife.
Fortunately for Annie, she arrived at Nellie and Blake’s home just in time to go into labor and deliver her daughter Evangeline (Evie). Not only did Nick fall in love with Annie when he first saw her, but he fell in love with Evie the minute he held her. As far as he is concerned, Annie will be his wife and Evie is the daughter of his heart. The only thing standing in Nick’s way is Annie and her desire to always please her father. Her father is a preacher who has beaten it into Annie’s head that anyone working in a saloon did the devil’s work. She knows that Nick owning a saloon with Blake will never work for her even though she knows what a good man he is. She is willing to let love go in her desire to get her father’s blessing.
No matter how hard Nick tries to get Annie to marry him, she can’t forget her upbringing. Nick loves Evie and she loves him in return calling him dada. Whenever Nick is in the room, Evie wants him and yet Annie still can’t say yes to him. She didn’t love her husband and swore she would only marry for love. Here it is staring her in the face, a love for her and her daughter and she still wants her father’s blessing. How long will Nick wait for her? Will he give up his saloon to be with her and get her father’s blessing?
Annie continues to live with Nellie and Blake. Evie and Nellie’s little boy, Daniel, are only two weeks apart and are very close. She works at the saloon in the kitchen to earn enough money to return to her father’s home in New York. Does she really want to leave San Francisco and return to New York?
This was a beautiful love story and we catch up with Nellie and Blake which I really enjoyed. I always love to find out what happens to the people we first meet. There are surprises, sex, and wonderful characters. There is abuse between Nick’s sister, Sarah, and her husband, John, and with her past history working with abused women at her father’s congregation, Annie is right there to help. If you love mail order bride books, and romantic books set in the past, don’t miss this series. They don’t have to be read in order, but why miss out on Nellie and Blake’s story?