Widow Woman

Craig Place Books
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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 

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 A rodeo producer, dead in the bull pen. Accident or murder? 

Elizabeth "E.M." Danniher, until recently a top-flight national TV journalist, is regaining her footing after a dizzying demotion to tiny—and entirely foreign to her—Sherman, Wyoming. But her equilibrium faces a major challenge.

The apparently accidental death — under the hooves of bucking bulls — of a rodeo producer preparing for Sherman’s annual Fourth of July Rodeo catches the attention of Elizabeth and her KWMT-TV colleague Mike Paycik. Not only is it a major story about the region’s biggest event, but it’s being outrageously mishandled by the station’s egocentric anchor.

As Elizabeth and Mike dig, area rancher Thomas Burrell joins the investigation, providing background on suspects — and there are plenty because the victim had many enemies. But Tom has divided loyalties, so Elizabeth doubts his commitment to finding the truth no matter what. Not to mention that both Mike and Tom show an interest in her ... they might be okay with working together in a peculiar triangle, but the points of this geometry is starting to get under her skin.

… From the tip of the rodeo queen’s tiara, to “agricultural byproducts” ground into the arena dust, Elizabeth receives a murderous introduction to the world of rodeo.

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 (2020)


What people are saying about LEFT HANGING:

 “I started laughing on the first page and continued laughing until the end.”

 “Loving the world of Cottonwood County, Wyoming!”

 “The dialogue was so well written that I could easily imagine the innuendo, tone of voice and facial expression of each character.”

 

What people are saying about the CAUGHT DEAD IN WYOMING series:

“McLinn's mysteries set in Wyoming are addictive. The writing is excellent, the twists and turns keep the brain engaged, and Elizabeth's wry commentary keeps a smile on my face.”

“E.M.’s internal monologues are sharp, snappy and often hilarious.”

“Hoping this series lasts forever!”

“McLinn has created in E.M. a female protagonist who is flawed but likable, never silly or cartoonish, and definitely not made of cardboard.”

“While the mystery itself is twisty-turny and thoroughly engaging, it's the smart and witty writing that I loved the best.” – Diane Chamberlain, bestselling author


If you also like cozier mysteries, try Patricia's Secret Sleuth series:

Death on the Diversion

Death on Torrid Avenue

Death on Beguiling Way (2019)

Death on Covert Circle (2020)



If you like Patricia’s mysteries, try her romantic suspense:

Proof of Innocence

Price of Innocence (2020) 


Ride the River: Rodeo Knights (includes scenes in fictional Sherman, Wyoming, and cameos from Caught Dead in Wyoming characters)

Far Hills Ranch has bound the Susland family for nearly a century and a half. For just as long, there’s been a legend that the ranch and its family are cursed. Now, says the legend, the current generation is the last with a chance to break the curse.

Rebecca Dahlgren comes west to Wyoming hoping for answers to her unknown heritage. But from the first moment, she finds Far Hills Ranch foreman Luke Chandler hard to miss. The sexy cowboy, with those sleepy eyes that aren't interested in sleeping, means just the sort of trouble her patrician grandmother has always warned her about. 

Luke has his own reasons for wanting to steer clear of anything like commitment. But the secrets behind Rebecca’s dark eyes keep luring him on … even if it means baring his own heart. 

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Rendezvous says of the third book in the A Place Called Home western fiction series: "Brilliant conclusion to a magnificent series of stories readers will want for their keeper shelves." 

"A beautiful tale showcasing a family's love. " -- Romance Journal 

"A heartwarming, heart-stopping, delectable love story" -- Old Book Barn Gazette 

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The third book in the contemporary western series A Place Called Home, by USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn, delivers an emotional love story as a stubborn cowboy and a determined woman from back East learn just how much can be Hidden in a Heartbeat. But neither one is a member of the Susland family, so how could they resolve the third element of the curse on Far Hills Ranch?

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Read all of the A Place Called Home series!

Lost and Found Groom

At the Heart’s Command

Hidden in a Heartbeat

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Reader Reviews for Patricia McLinn’s A Place Called Home stories:

“Great romance. Page turner.”

“Very intense in places, both with love and adventure.”

“I enjoyed the love story but more I loved each and every character’s personal story told just right! Some suspense, heartbreak and mystery!”

 “So different from other romance novels…amazing.”

“Terrific book. This is the first book I read by this author and I will definitely read her others.”

“This was very good. READ, READ!!!

“If you love emotional stories with complex characters, especially strong heroines and heart-stopping heroes, don't miss this!”

“As always with Patricia McLinn's books, this is well written and heartfelt .. . her books never disappoint.”

“So different from other romance novels…amazing.”

“Liked the twists and turns.”

 “Just the right balance of romance, action and mystery.”

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Want to know more about the recent lives and loves of the family and friends of Far Hills Ranch? Grif and Ellyn harbor an Army veteran and Wyoming rancher who's in a royal predicament in The Forgotten Prince, Book 7 of Patricia McLinn's The Wedding Series.

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Publisher
Craig Place Books
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Published on
Nov 10, 2010
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Pages
350
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ISBN
9781452414850
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English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / American
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian
Fiction / Romance / Western
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Except, perhaps, one. Decatur “Deke” Fleming, a tall, lanky Australian who once served as Emmet’s farmhand. Pride prevents Deke from revealing his moneyed past; conscience keeps him from confessing his feelings for the still grieving widow. But when Rose is tempted by wealthy civic leader and hotel owner Mason Talbot, Deke may be the only person who can save her—and the one man capable of reviving her bruised and battered heart . . .

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—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

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