by Jodi Thomas

November 2002
ISBN: 0-515-13400-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

This is the first book I have read by Jodi Thomas so I have a lot to look forward to. It didn't disappoint! This book is a delight from beginning to end.

It is the story of Bailee, who along with two other women is thrown off a wagon train. They know they have to stick together to survive. When a man tries to force himself onto one of the women, they are forced to defend themselves thinking they have killed him; they confess and the sheriff gives them the chance to have their fines paid by prospective husbands. Bailee gets Carter McKoy, who is the strong very silent type.

Bailee and Carter have many hazards to face before they can find true love but the spark between them is electrifying.

This story is an exciting journey you never know what is on the next page. So much happens in each chapter! Bailee is a very resourceful woman and woe betide anyone who crosses her man. Carter saved her so she is determined to return the favour!

Carter is a man of few words, indeed sometimes he has nothing to say but this does not deter Bailee, as she knows that he is a man who must learn to trust before a person will gain his confidence.

The characters in this story are wonderful - from the delightful lady of the night to be, Nellie Jean Desire, as she wishes to be known, though most people call her Two Bits. The sheriffs, Riley and Parker Smith, who administered the law in a very liberal fashion. Also Lacy, who is one of the other women, whose story is still to come.

I loved this book and can highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good historical. I will be on the lookout for Jodi Thomas' two other books on Lacy and Sarah that have yet to come out.

Reviewed in November 2002 by Mary.

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