Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
It is 1852 and Hannah Granger and her sister Lydia are about to undertake a very difficult trip to Oregon City in the Washington Territory. One hundred and three women have agreed to be mail-order brides travelling in fifty wagons, a trip that will take five to six months to complete.
Lydia has agreed to be a bride to a sixty year old rich man named Walter Mosley and he gave her permission to bring along any family member she wished and he would provide for them all.
Hannah and Lydia had no money and would have no home since they were way behind in their rent. Hannah wanted to open her own dress shop when she arrived in Oregon City hopefully a dream that could be fulfilled with the help of Lydia’s new husband. With their wagon loaded and being pulled by oxen they took off having been forewarned that this was a long and dangerous trip.
Hannah loved her sister Lydia who in a very short time had already found a pet in need of her, a three legged kitten about to be killed. They hadn’t even begun the journey and Hannah was sure there would be many more needy animals that would be joining them in their wagon. Hannah cared for the oxen and the cows they brought along but she was suffering with her feet due to having new boots that were poorly fitted. Not wanting to alarm Lydia she would go to the water to remove her bloody socks and cool her feet and that was when she met Joe Stanton who helped her get to the water and who gladly helped bandage her feet.
Joe was a bounty hunter who was now hired as a scout for the wagon train and he became a daily visitor to Hannah and Lydia’s wagon. Joe was handsome and set Hannah’s heart to pity pater even though she knew that a man like him could never be interested in someone like her. She always considered herself plain especially next to Lydia who was beautiful and everything a man could ever want. In spite of her lack of confidence Joe paid her attention and seemed to show an interest in her.
When Hannah sneaks a peak inside of Joe’s saddle bags she finds wanted posters and she recognizes three of the men, men who are travelling with the wagon train and men that Joe is after. When Hannah tells him about the men Joe realizes that they will have to wait until they get to their next stop since they are in the middle of nowhere and there is noone to turn the men over to.
Joe cares for Hannah but the last woman he loved broke his heart and caring is all he can offer a woman, love is not something he can feel anymore, or so he thinks. I don’t want to go into too much about the story and about Joe and Hannah but I will say that I loved this book and read it in a few hours. Something does happen between Hannah and Joe that changes their relationship completely and that is all I am going to say, you will have to find out for yourself.
This was Joe and Hannah’s story and I hope that Lydia’s story is next since she was the one that put Hannah and Joe together.