Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
In 1886, Orris Spencer went from living in a mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York to living on a farm in Oregon. The last words Spencer heard from his father as he threw him out was that he was an abomination.
Orris’ brother Samuel agreed to take Orris in and he went from a young man who always had his nose in a book to now helping repair fences and other chores on the farm. Living the high life and now the pioneer life was a huge adjustment for him but he is trying to adjust to it.
When the livestock is being attacked Samuel believes it is being done by coyotes and Orris agrees to take turns watching for the predators at night. He carries a shotgun which he is totally unable to use but hopes that just shooting and making noise will be enough. When he comes face to face with the predators he is surprisingly not afraid, he feels a connection with them and happily agrees to do the night patrol by himself.
When Orris meets Henry Bonn, a neighbor who lives high in the mountains, he has no idea what this meeting will do to change his life. It was wonderful watching Orris adjust to pioneer life while wanting what his brother has someone to love.
A short story with wonderful characters and a look at what life was like in the 1800’s. A story about a young man’s transformation.