Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning: A Prequel

Craig Place Books

Narrated by Julia Motyka

4 hr 28 min

One look, a passionate love . . . and then they part . . . Forever?


Before the bestselling and award-winning Wyoming Wildflowers saga began, there was another love story, one that laid the foundation for all those that came after. A love between a cowboy and an unexpected woman. A love at first sight ...


Ed Currick’s and Donna Roberts’ worlds couldn’t have been any more different – a rancher from Wyoming and an up-and-coming Broadway musical actress on a national tour. What could have been a momentary encounter sparks desire . . . and more. But can there be anything but heartbreak ahead when they have only days before their dreams pull them apart?


Follow this opposites-attract romance between a cowboy and a stage actress as they find their hearts’ desires among the trees, the lights, the music and the magic of the holiday season. Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning is the prequel to USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn's acclaimed Wyoming Wildflowers contemporary romance series.


"Funny, entertaining, and full of surprises"..."Warms your heart"... "Joy"..."Wonderful love story"

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Craig Place Books
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Published on
Jan 15, 2014
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Duration
4h 28m 26s
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ISBN
9781944126421
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Holiday
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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Eligible for Family Library

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Wildflowers have to be strong and resilient to bloom amid the rugged western beauty of Wyoming -- and so do the women.

When fire ravages Wyoming land, fireweed is among the first plants to return, brightening the blighted area with the joy of its blooms. Small-town lawyer Taylor Anne Larsen faces the challenge of doing the same for the pain-ravaged heart and disbelieving soul of ranch foreman Cal Ruskoff. Armed with the same grace and grit as the wildflower fireweed, Taylor also has allies – a matchmaking friend, a harsh western blizzard, high-octane mutual attraction, and a rescued puppy who slips past the defenses of this tough cowboy.

While they're snowbound together, Cal might give in to passion temporarily, but from behind the wall he's built around his past and his secrets, he's certain Taylor is all that he can't let himself have. And he'll use all his weapons to keep her out.


"These characters -- their dialogue, their fears, their complex personalities -- are very real. As a reader, I couldn't help fall under Cal's spell -- a good, troubled, mixed-up man who forces Taylor to confront some of her own demons, even as he refuses to face his own . . . There's a lot of subtle -- and not so subtle -- humor here, the love scenes are at once tender and sizzling, and the emotions and fears of both characters wrap themselves around the reader's heart and don't let go." – Karen Templeton, Amazon review


From more 5-star reviews: "Page turner, cute, funny. Can't wait to get the next in line" ... "This is a great western story and would recommend you to read it. The author has great stories and I haven't found one of her books I don't like."


Water can keep you alive ...

A man in a wheelchair goes missing in rough country in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming. Amateur sleuth Elizabeth “E.M.” Danniher and KWMT-TV colleague Mike Paycik immediately join the search organized by local rancher Thomas Burrell. But soon they’re on a search of a different kind – a search for the truth amid western mysteries.


It takes them deep into the intricacies of the western community served by the Red Sail Ditch – the irrigation system that could make a ranch viable or worthless. They find rivalries, cooperation, antagonisms, inter-dependencies, and motives for murder.


... Or get you killed.


Don't miss any of Elizabeth Danniher's Caught Dead in Wyoming adventures:


Sign Off

Left Hanging

Shoot First

Last Ditch

Look Live

Back Story

Cold Open

Hot Roll

Reaction Shot


"While the mystery itself is twisty-turny and thoroughly engaging, it’s the smart and witty writing that I loved the best.” – Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestseller


"Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery, plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page." -- Emilie Richards, USA Today bestselling author


What people are saying about Last Ditch:


"Full of mystery, human interest, a teasing romance and a lot of great characters from the series, and some new ones!" ...

“Weaves a wonderful tapestry of modern life in the west.” ... “All kinds of twists on so many levels.”


More small-town mystery from Patricia Mclinn:

Secret Sleuth series

Death on the Diversion

Death on Torrid Avenue:

Death on Beguiling Way

Wildflowers have to be strong and resilient to bloom amid the rugged western beauty of Wyoming -- and so do the women.

When fire ravages Wyoming land, fireweed is among the first plants to return, brightening the blighted area with the joy of its blooms. Small-town lawyer Taylor Anne Larsen faces the challenge of doing the same for the pain-ravaged heart and disbelieving soul of ranch foreman Cal Ruskoff. Armed with the same grace and grit as the wildflower fireweed, Taylor also has allies – a matchmaking friend, a harsh western blizzard, high-octane mutual attraction, and a rescued puppy who slips past the defenses of this tough cowboy.

While they're snowbound together, Cal might give in to passion temporarily, but from behind the wall he's built around his past and his secrets, he's certain Taylor is all that he can't let himself have. And he'll use all his weapons to keep her out.


"These characters -- their dialogue, their fears, their complex personalities -- are very real. As a reader, I couldn't help fall under Cal's spell -- a good, troubled, mixed-up man who forces Taylor to confront some of her own demons, even as he refuses to face his own . . . There's a lot of subtle -- and not so subtle -- humor here, the love scenes are at once tender and sizzling, and the emotions and fears of both characters wrap themselves around the reader's heart and don't let go." – Karen Templeton, Amazon review


From more 5-star reviews: "Page turner, cute, funny. Can't wait to get the next in line" ... "This is a great western story and would recommend you to read it. The author has great stories and I haven't found one of her books I don't like."


Shoot First . . .

Death hits close to home for Elizabeth “E.M.” Danniher – or, rather, close to Hovel, as she’s dubbed her decrepit rental house in rustic Sherman, Wyoming. Her elderly neighbor has killed a man apparently after her Western artifacts. As a former top-flight national TV reporter, Elizabeth knows self-defense can satisfy the legal system, yet leave her neighbor in danger.

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. . . Die Later

Don’t miss Elizabeth Danniher’s other Caught Dead in Wyoming adventures in

Sign Off (Book 1)

Left Hanging (Book 2)

Shoot First (Book 3)

Last Ditch (Book 4)

Look Live (Book 5)

Back Story (Book 6)

Cold Open (Book 7), coming in 2018

"Colorful characters, intriguing, intelligent mystery, plus the state of Wyoming leaping off every page." -- Emilie Richards, USA Today bestselling author

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Hoping this series lasts forever!”

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