Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
It is 1851 and Violet Webster is on her way to marry a man she never met and a man she has no intentions of marrying. Violet’s father got the gold bug and left her and her mother and two sisters to strike it rich unfortunately his departure caused her mother to take her own life and for her and her sisters to live with an aunt and uncle who decided that they would marry off the three sisters and it did not matter to who. Violet needed the money to find her father and and rescue her sisters so she took the money her betrothed mailed to her for her trip to San Fransciso with every intention of eventually paying it back. She had no idea that the man she agreed to marry was a tyrant and wanted a beautiful girl as a trophy.
She was met at the coach by Garrett Sutherlin her betrothed handsome son and every move she made to get away from him failed. Garrett was to bring her back to his father and thereby ensure he would get a piece of land in his name. His father was a cruel man that left a huge scar on his own sons face for not following orders. Garrett has no sympathy for Violet who he pegs as a gold-digger and figures she deserves his father but he would soon learn what kind of person she really is.
Things are not looking up for Violet and so far her attempts to free herself from Garrett and search for her father are proving unsuccessful until there is a fire at the hotel they are staying at leading them to find other accommodations and a chance for her to escape. Things go from bad to worse when she accepts a ride from a man who she has no idea runs brothels and who attempts to rape her.
I don’t want to give anything more away but I will say that fighting off her rapist is only one of the things that happen to her on her way to her father. Violet’s search is not without problems and of course she is reunited with Garrett but her problems become his.
This was a wonderful mail-order bride book, or I should say gold-dust bride, Violet and Garrett are wonderful characters and Violet proves to be a strong minded, stubborn woman who
Garrett soon realizes is nothing like what he originally believed.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series.