The Third Daughter is part of The Mounties series by Kathryn Fox. Although this is the last book in the series and the first I have read, it can definitely stand-alone. We first meet Constable Steven Gravel as he delivers a baby dressed as a clown! With such an attention grabbing introduction to the hero, how can I not read the rest of the book?!
Steven Gravel has a big heart – a constable who is both caring and gentle. He’s also very loyal – when he first sees Emily Dawson, Steven immediately thought of marrying her because she reminded him so much of his late wife, whom he loved. But then he meets Emily’s sister, Willow – a mysterious young lady who he can’t stop thinking about. Steven eventually gets to know her and falls in love with her – and it breaks his heart to find out the fear she harbors and cannot seem to overcome. .
Willow Dawson is a very stubborn, and at the same time, caring and loving woman - but she doesn’t realize her own self-worth. Since being married and having children go hand-in-hand, she is terrified of doing both. Willow cannot get over the tragedy that befell her mother in the past, and as a result, feels unable to give Steven the love and life that he desires.
Can Willow overcome her fear of marriage and childbirth to marry Steven and give him the life he wants and she deserves?
Ms. Fox gives us a glimpse of the life of The Mounties and what they endured. All the secondary characters are there for a purpose, from Willows’ sisters, Emily and Libby, her father, Cletis Dawson, Ben McGiven and the Blackfoot tribe, and all the others in the story. This was an enjoyable read and I for one will be rushing to get the other two books in the series!