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 Annie Markum grew up with a bible in one hand, and a disapproving father holding the other. At twenty-two, she dared to dream of a different life and risked everything to become a mail order bride. One year later, she finds herself on a friend's doorstep, penniless, pregnant, and a widow. Her husband was an honorable, church-going man, and she believes her father will allow her to come home. To get back to her father in New York will take money she doesn't have. She's got no choice but to accept work as a cook in a local saloon. Her father would never approve, but Annie is determined to earn enough for safe passage for herself and her beautiful new baby girl.

 

It's never good to lust after another man's wife. Saloon owner, Nick Cartwright, learned that lesson the hard way. He took one look at Annie Markum and fell hard for his friend's mail order bride. A year later, she's back in his life, a widow with a precious daughter to protect. Nick will do anything to convince Annie to give him a chance, except the one thing she demands...sell his saloon. Annie has lived a sheltered life, and her innocence is one thing Nick wants to preserve. Life is rough, and Annie is soft, sweet, and all too kissable. He wants to keep her and her little girl, but Annie is determined to raise her daughter as far away from the saloon as possible.

 

Annie fights her growing attraction to Nick. She might even be in love with him, but with Nick comes the saloon. And the whiskey. The gambling and the women. One of them will have to sacrifice everything to make a relationship work, and neither wants to budge. When it turns out that Annie's dead husband actually left her a fortune, her future seems set. Until someone decides to take both Nick and her new found freedom away from her. And Annie realizes that sometimes, in life and in love, you have to fight dirty to win.

When Indians kill her husband on the trail to Kentucky, Livi Talbot and her two young children bury him then continue their trek on the Wilderness Road to what David promised would be their new home.

While Livi settles into the wilderness cabin David built with his own hands, Reid Campbell, David's best friend and Livi's nemesis, arrives. A wanderer who spends more time with Indians than whites, Reid produces a document stating all holdings revert to him, in the case of David's death.

Reid insists Livi and the children return to Virginia, but Livi refuses. She's too far along in her pregnancy with David's last child, to travel. Summer ensues, filled with hard work, danger from Indian raids and a constant battle of wills between Livi and Reid.

As winter deepens, Reid helps Livi deliver David's son. Reid knows he should gift the cabin and land to Livi and walk away, but his heart has finally found a family and a place called home.

REVIEWS:
"...stirs the reader's emotions. A story of a remarkable women's desire to forge her own destiny and follow her heart. A novel to remember." ~Kathe Robin Romantic Times

"...keeps you reading to the exclusion of all else. This is probably the best book on the period I have ever read." ~Rendezvous

"This lady can spin a tale of historical magic. She does that and more in this beautiful story of Livi Talbot and her long road to happiness." ~The Readers' Voice

THE WOMEN'S WEST SERIES, in series order
So Wide the Sky
Color of the Wind
A Place Called Home
Painted by the Sun
Moon on the Water
Bride of the Wilderness
1880s Wyoming territory --As strong as the ranch she runs, widow Rachel Terhune has one dream—to fulfill the legacy she inherited from her father. Hiring Nick Dusaq has nothing to do with the fierce pull between them and everything to do with saving her land.

The solitary cowboy recognizes a kindred heart scarred by cruelty. He would ride away – he should ride away – if only her ranch didn’t need him so damned badly. Her ranch — not the widow woman like none he’s encountered before — is the only need he’ll let himself consider.

Passion as powerful as the harsh beauty of the land around them bonds Rachel, the widow woman devoting every bit of her strength and courage to holding onto her Wyoming Territory ranch, and Nick, the loner cowhand with dreams of his own.

Yes, they have passion. But does it hold the promise of healing and love or the destruction of dreams?

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 “... a strong woman, a dark tormented man, and a love as fierce and irresistible as the Wyoming wind." ~ Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author


“One of the most entertaining and interesting western historicals I’ve read in a long time.” ~ Cathy Sova, The Romance Reader

"A moving confirmation of the healing power of love" --Romantic Times

"Incredibly powerful" ... "An unforgettable read" ... "The characters are so real you come to know them personally. It's a book you won't want to end." -- 5-star reviews

"Wow!... a romance that sizzles!...Powerful love story... Excellent!" -- Rendezvous

"Splendid!" -- Bell, Book and Candle


Another western historical romance from Patricia McLinn:

Courting a Cowboy

* Or get both Courting a Cowboy and Widow Woman in the boxed set To Love a Cowboy 

THE FIRST SAGA IN EVIE GRACE'S MAIDS OF KENT TRILOGY.

'An intriguing tale of family relationships and of finding love a second time around . . . I’ll be sure to look out for the next book in the series.' Val Wood

‘An enthralling plotline with unexpected twists that will intrigue the reader until the last page.’
Margaret Dickinson

'I enjoyed reading Half a Sixpence and following the fortunes and tribulations of Catherine . . . It gave a very good sense of time and place and I hope it does really well for her.' Rosie Goodwin

'A dazzling debut that reminded me of the Catherine Cookson' Frost Magazine

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East Kent, 1830. Catherine Rook takes her peaceful life for granted. Her days are spent at the village school and lending a hand on her family’s farm. Life is run by the seasons, and there’s little time for worry.

But rural unrest begins sweeping through Kent, and when Pa Rook buys a threshing machine it brings turbulence and tragedy to Wanstall Farm. With the Rooks’ fortunes forever changed, Catherine must struggle to hold her family together.

She turns to her childhood companion, Matty Carter, for comfort, and finds more than friendship in his loving arms. But Matty has his own family to protect, and almost as quickly as their love blossomed their future begins to unravel.

With the threat of destitution nipping at her heels, Catherine must forge a way out of ruin . . .

Praise for Half a Sixpence:

‘What a treat. A Saga so refreshingly different from anything I have read before. A terrific story the reader will find impossible to put down . . . The tale that Evie tells us is fascinating, gripping, sad, happy, highly original and yes, you’ll find out all about that half sixpence.’
Eileen Ramsay

'A dazzling debut that reminded me of the Catherine Cookson books I have loved so much. Brilliant historical fiction that draws you in and does not let you go. Even better, this is the first book in a trilogy. We can’t wait until the next instalment.' Frost Magazine

'I absolutely loved, loved, loved reading Half A Sixpence and I can’t wait to read more from the pen of Evie Grace.' Ginger Book Geek, 5*

'Highly recommend to fans of novels in the saga or historical fiction genre.' Abby Bonny Book Reviews, 5*

'A brilliant first novel.' Mojo Mums blog

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