Priscilla Morton and her parents leave Boston to attend Clay’s wedding in the Texas Hill Country. Clay is remarrying after Priscilla’s sister's death and Priscilla really wants to be there. But when Priscilla and her family are only a day away from Clay, the stage coach is robbed, Priscilla’s parents and the driver are killed, and Priscilla is attacked. A Texas Ranger rescues her before she is killed.
Injured, heartbroken, and scared, Priscilla is delivered to Clay where he and his bride-to-be minister to her needs. Clay’s foreman, Zachary Webster offers to marry Priscilla to protect her. But he agrees that the wedding will be in name only.
The Ranger is hanging around because he believes that when the robber’s brothers get wind of his death, they will be out to see revenge on Priscilla—plus a criminal the Ranger is seeking is believed to be headed toward that small town as well. Zach and Priscilla begin to build a life together—but then the past intrudes…
Scattered Petals is the second book in Ms. Cabot’s Texas Dreams series. I loved the first book in the series, Paper Roses, and was thrilled when Ms. Cabot asked me to review this book. This book was pretty rough reading for the first one-fourth of the book, but then the story got good, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.
Priscilla was very expertly portrayed, and I couldn’t help but admire her courage and strength in difficult situations. Zach is a wonderful hero, kind, good-hearted, and loving, but he had a past he struggled to put behind him. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am eagerly looking forward to reading the third book in the series, coming in March 2011.