Lucy Fairbanks wants a job as a photographer for the newspapers. Her father thinks she ought to give up her dream and get married like any good woman, but Lucy has landed the reluctant promises of the local newspaper that he’ll publish her photos if she gets a picture of an elusive white wild stallion. Lucy gives it a fair shot, but unfortunately, a stagecoach is robbed under the tree she’s hiding in, and in her attempt to get a picture of the robbery, she falls from the tree.
That isn’t all — the horses, scared by the woman falling, take off on a run and Lucy is on the luggage rack. She hangs on for dear life, but the robbers catch up with her, and are on the verge of shooting her when the wild man everyone in town is afraid of comes to her rescue, not once, but thrice, even delivering her safely back to the original scene of the robbery.
The newspaper editor fires Lucy on the spot for failing to provide the picture of the robbery or the stallion, and to save her job she promises to get a picture of the wild man. Who isn’t so wild. But David Wolf has reasons to keep the town unaware of his presence. And thus, a big reason to keep Lucy Fairbanks away.
A Vision of Lucy is the third book in Ms. Browning’s A Rocky Creek Romance series, but it easily stands alone. I liked this book the best of all three of them, and I remember loving the second book. So, the best only got better.
Lucy is a talkative, feisty character, career-driven in a day when women are expected to stay home and raise a family. David is a kind, considerate hero, despite his recluse tendencies. I couldn’t help but fall in love with both of them, and loved the sparks between them that were evident from the moment they met. A great read. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book.