Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
It is 1862 and Angelica Riley has been a widow for one year and with her finances running out and desperately wanting to have children and a husband she goes to Brides for the West and signs up to be a mail-order bride.
Jared Winslow is the Marshal in Virginia City and he wants a wife and children everything he should not want since he is running from being accused of murdering a prostitute in Chicago when he was a Pinkerton Agent. Instead of laying low he is trying to build a life for himself while his partner is trying to clear his name.
Jared and Angelica become engaged sight unseen and while travelling to meet him she meets Clay Stockton a man who doesn’t take no for an answer and wants what he wants and that is for Angelica to marry him. Promises of giving her anything she wants does not change her mind. She made a promise to Jared and she will keep it putting her and Jared on Clay’s hit list.
Jared and Angel (which is what Jared calls her) have an instant connection and everything looks like it will be a HEA for them but Clay who has a past with Jared is not going to let that happen. When another prostitute is murdered very much like the one in Chicago and when this girl looks just like Angelica there is no doubt that it is a warning. What Clay didn’t count on is that Angelica is not a weak woman who runs when there is trouble but a woman who is ready to fight at her husband’s side.
Once again Ms.Woolf has taken me back to a time when everything we take for granted today, i.e. washing machines, microwaves etc. is not even a possibility but now we face a uneasy time and her books make me appreciate what I have in spite of the political unease and a pandemic.