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ISBN: Unavailable
May 2006
Felicity Heaton
E-Book/ Trade paperback
$4.85 / $12.99
230 pages
Western Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Colt Tucker first encounters Jessie Hayden in the middle of a terrible thunderstorm. He is afoot, a bad state for a cowboy, but this is the ranch he has come many weary miles to find. Here he should resolve the issue he has pursued doggedly for three years since losing all he held dear. Admiring the way she rides, he at first assumes Jessie is a boy. He soon learns differently.

Jessie has single-handedly done the work of running the ranch for her aged parents since her beloved brother disappeared six years ago. She still wants to believe he will return. Having become quite the wrangler, she dresses in men’s work clothes because skirts are impractical. She has almost forgotten how to be a woman. The stranger, who she mistrusts at once, reminds her. She wants to hate him, but somehow she cannot.

A reader would have to be stone-hearted to resist loving Jessie. She is so real, brave, fierce, and loyal. She struggles to carry terrible burdens which will become even worse. Colt is a good man, but he too has his ghosts. Both have much to learn, for reality is not what they believe. Along the way they overcome their pain, learning to trust again, and finally to love.

Amazingly, the author has taken almost every cliché in the western genre and put them together into a totally charming and enjoyable story. At times her terminology almost stopped me, until I realized she is English. Ranch-related words I take for granted, having grown up in the Southwest, are not readily learned from books and movies. Still, fans of western historical romance should definitely not miss this one. It will touch your heart and linger after the book is set aside.

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