Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Twenty-three year old Rita Baxter lives in New York where she grew up in a middle class family. Her father was a banker and her parents helped her fulfil her dream of being a ballerina by paying for her lessons. A tragic accident left her parents dead and by the time she paid off all their debts there was nothing left leaving her working as a chorus dancer in a burlesque show. She made just enough to live but her dream of being a ballerina were all but dead.
One night she went out for some fresh air when she witnessed a murder, a murder commited by Dick Danvers the right hand man of the head of a dangerous gang. Rita knows her life is in danger and that sends her running to Matchmaker & Co. to sign up as a mail-order bride. She always considered being a mail-order bride but this just made the decision for her.
Rita meets and marries Jackson Colton a former Army Captain and now the owner of a mine in the Colorado Territory. Rita had no idea that the man she married is very wealthy or very handsome but the one thing she wasn’t prepared for was when he advised her that he would never love her. Jack has a history that has convinced him that love is no longer possible for him.
Rita manages to make everyone in Jack’s life love her the only one she can’t seem to win over is her husband, a man she has learned to love. Rita is an amazing character who wants to be part of everything Jack does including playing poker with his buddies. Everything is going well until Danvers shows up determined to kill the only witness to his crime. I am not going to go into too much of what happens but there are some very exciting moments.
I loved this book as I loved all of Ms. Woolf’s other books. Although the story line is very similar to the other books it doesn’t change the fact that it is a beautiful love story that takes place in 1869 with different characters and the different situations they face. I have read reviews on this book where one reviewer questioned whether the five star reviews were real or not. I am saying without a doubt that my review is totally real and is exactly how I feel.