Do Not Forsake Me

Outlaw Hearts Series

Book 2
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"An emotional powerhouse!"-RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 Stars, TOP PICK! for Do Not Forsake Me
"Fresh and alluring."-Publishers Weekly STARRED for The Last OutlawChance brought Miranda and Jake together. Now, the strength of true love is tested against a past that he can't leave behind.

Miranda Hayes' life was changed the day she faced down infamous gunslinger Jake Harkner...and walked away with his heart. Their fates have been intertwined ever since. Hunted by the law, fleeing across a savage land, their desperate love flourished despite countless sorrows. Now, twenty-six years later, their family has finally found some measure of peace...balanced on the knife's edge of danger.

Jake has spent his years as a U.S. Marshal atoning for sins, bringing law to the land he once terrorized. But no matter how hard he fights the demons of his brutal past, the old darkness still threatens to consume him. Only Miranda keeps the shadows at bay. But when outlaws looking for revenge strike a fatal blow, Jake risks losing the one woman who saw past his hard exterior and to the man inside.

He always knew there'd be the devil to pay. He just never realized he might not be the one to bear the ultimate price.

The Outlaw Hearts Series:
Outlaw Hearts (Book 1)
Do Not Forsake Me (Book 2)
Love's Sweet Revenge (Book 3)
The Last Outlaw (Book 4)

What reviewers are saying about Do Not Forsake Me:

"The strong flavor of the Wild West combines with a beautiful love story, creating a true saga of the era."

"A refreshing view of enduring love that survives the dangers of the Old West."

"There was not one chapter that did not keep me engrossed"

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About the author

A native of Michigan, USA TODAY bestseller and award-winning novelist ROSANNE BITTNER is known as the "Queen of Western Historical Romance" for her epic love stories and family sagas. Her award-winning, well-researched books span 1800's America from coast to coast. The descriptive words used most often by Rosanne's devoted readers are "awesome," "realistic," and "unforgettable!" Rosanne and her husband live in southwest Michigan.

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Publisher
Sourcebooks, Inc.
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Published on
Jul 7, 2015
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Pages
480
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ISBN
9781492612858
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
Fiction / Romance / Western
Fiction / Sagas
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"An emotional powerhouse!"—RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 Stars, TOP PICK! for Do Not Forsake Me
"Fresh and alluring."—Publishers Weekly STARRED for The Last Outlaw

Their Passion Shaped a Nation
Over the years, Jake and Miranda Harkner have endured all the dangers a wild and brutal West could throw at them. Now, settled on their ranch in the beautiful Colorado hill country, they've finally found peace. But for a man like Jake Harkner, danger is always lurking, and the world may not be ready for an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman-turned-legend to hang up his guns.

Threatened by cruel men in search of revenge, the Harkner clan must be stronger than ever before. Yet nothing can stop the coming storm. With the Old West dying around them and the rules of this new world ever-changing, Jake vows to end the threat to his family no matter what it takes...

Even if it means sacrificing himself so his beloved Miranda may live.

Outlaw Hearts Series:
Outlaw Hearts (Book 1)
Do Not Forsake Me (Book 2)
Love's Sweet Revenge (Book 3)
The Last Outlaw (Book 4)

Praise for Bestselling Historical Western Romances by Rosanne Bittner:
"[A]n emotional powerhouse! The strong flavor of the Wild West combines with a beautiful love story, creating a true saga of the era... This classic historical western is destined for the 'keeper' shelf." —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
"A hero to set feminine hearts aflutter...western romance readers will thoroughly enjoy this." —Library Journal
"Fans of such authors as Jodi Thomas and Georgina Gentry will enjoy Bittner's thrilling tale of crime and love in the Old West." —Booklist Online
"One of the most powerful voices in western romance." —RT Book Reviews

"An emotional powerhouse!"—RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 Stars, TOP PICK! for Do Not Forsake Me
"Fresh and alluring."—Publishers Weekly STARRED for The Last Outlaw

True Love Never Dies
Times have changed, and the old Wild West is a thing of the past. Nestled in his beautiful Colorado ranch, surrounded by family, infamous former outlaw Jake Harkner's hung up his guns for good and finally found a measure of peace—but dark memories haunt the woman who has always been his strength, and not even Jake is certain he can save his beloved Miranda this time.

All he can do is swear to remain by her side. But it takes more than a hope for peace to outrun a past defined by violence, and it isn't long before Jake is embroiled in a rescue mission he simply can't refuse. Life has brought him back full circle as he rides into Mexico to save a young girl from a dreadful fate...leaving Miranda behind one final time, fearing that the man she loves more than anything is destined to die the way he's always lived—by the gun.

Outlaw Hearts Series:
Outlaw Hearts (Book 1)
Do Not Forsake Me (Book 2)
Love's Sweet Revenge (Book 3)
The Last Outlaw (Book 4)

Praise for Bestselling Historical Western Romances by Rosanne Bittner:
"A hero to set feminine hearts aflutter...western romance readers will thoroughly enjoy this." —Library Journal
"Fans of such authors as Jodi Thomas and Georgina Gentry will enjoy Bittner's thrilling tale of crime and love in the Old West." —Booklist Online
"One of the most powerful voices in western romance." —RT Book Reviews
"This is a tale of tragedy and triumph and the undying power of family to overcome all odds. Bittner at the top of her form."—RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars TOP PICK!

"An emotional powerhouse!"—RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 Stars, TOP PICK! for Do Not Forsake Me
"Fresh and alluring."—Publishers Weekly STARRED for The Last Outlaw

A decades long love story of two people, united by chance, that proves love's lasting power and its ability to overcome all odds

Miranda Hayes has lost everything—her family, her husband, her home. Orphaned and then widowed, desperate to find a safe haven, she sets out to cross a savage land alone...until chance brings her face-to-face with notorious gunslinger Jake Harkner.

Hunted by the law and haunted by a brutal past, Jake has spent a lifetime fighting for everything he has. He's never known a moment's kindness...until fate brings him to the one woman willing to reach past his harsh exterior to the man inside. He would die for her. He would kill for her. He will do whatever it takes to keep her his.

Spanning the dazzling West with its blazing deserts and booming gold towns, Jake and Miranda must struggle to endure every hardship that threatens to tear them apart. But the love of an outlaw comes with a price...and even their passion may not burn bright enough to conquer the coming darkness.

The Outlaw Hearts Series:
Outlaw Hearts (Book 1)
Do Not Forsake Me (Book 2)
Love's Sweet Revenge (Book 3)
The Last Outlaw (Book 4)

What reviewers are saying about Outlaw Hearts:
"This is a long, emotional, and adventurous love story about an outlaw who wants to be a better man for the beautiful and honest widow who is looking for a safe haven."—Fresh Fiction
"...an emotional roller coaster as I got to know the characters through their pasts, their present and as they looked toward their future."—Romance Junkies

"An emotional powerhouse!"—RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 Stars, TOP PICK! for Do Not Forsake Me
"Fresh and alluring."—Publishers Weekly STARRED for The Last Outlaw

Their Passion Shaped a Nation
Over the years, Jake and Miranda Harkner have endured all the dangers a wild and brutal West could throw at them. Now, settled on their ranch in the beautiful Colorado hill country, they've finally found peace. But for a man like Jake Harkner, danger is always lurking, and the world may not be ready for an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman-turned-legend to hang up his guns.

Threatened by cruel men in search of revenge, the Harkner clan must be stronger than ever before. Yet nothing can stop the coming storm. With the Old West dying around them and the rules of this new world ever-changing, Jake vows to end the threat to his family no matter what it takes...

Even if it means sacrificing himself so his beloved Miranda may live.

Outlaw Hearts Series:
Outlaw Hearts (Book 1)
Do Not Forsake Me (Book 2)
Love's Sweet Revenge (Book 3)
The Last Outlaw (Book 4)

Praise for Bestselling Historical Western Romances by Rosanne Bittner:
"[A]n emotional powerhouse! The strong flavor of the Wild West combines with a beautiful love story, creating a true saga of the era... This classic historical western is destined for the 'keeper' shelf." —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
"A hero to set feminine hearts aflutter...western romance readers will thoroughly enjoy this." —Library Journal
"Fans of such authors as Jodi Thomas and Georgina Gentry will enjoy Bittner's thrilling tale of crime and love in the Old West." —Booklist Online
"One of the most powerful voices in western romance." —RT Book Reviews

"An emotional powerhouse!"—RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 Stars, TOP PICK! for Do Not Forsake Me
"Fresh and alluring."—Publishers Weekly STARRED for The Last Outlaw

A decades long love story of two people, united by chance, that proves love's lasting power and its ability to overcome all odds

Miranda Hayes has lost everything—her family, her husband, her home. Orphaned and then widowed, desperate to find a safe haven, she sets out to cross a savage land alone...until chance brings her face-to-face with notorious gunslinger Jake Harkner.

Hunted by the law and haunted by a brutal past, Jake has spent a lifetime fighting for everything he has. He's never known a moment's kindness...until fate brings him to the one woman willing to reach past his harsh exterior to the man inside. He would die for her. He would kill for her. He will do whatever it takes to keep her his.

Spanning the dazzling West with its blazing deserts and booming gold towns, Jake and Miranda must struggle to endure every hardship that threatens to tear them apart. But the love of an outlaw comes with a price...and even their passion may not burn bright enough to conquer the coming darkness.

The Outlaw Hearts Series:
Outlaw Hearts (Book 1)
Do Not Forsake Me (Book 2)
Love's Sweet Revenge (Book 3)
The Last Outlaw (Book 4)

What reviewers are saying about Outlaw Hearts:
"This is a long, emotional, and adventurous love story about an outlaw who wants to be a better man for the beautiful and honest widow who is looking for a safe haven."—Fresh Fiction
"...an emotional roller coaster as I got to know the characters through their pasts, their present and as they looked toward their future."—Romance Junkies

Would you risk everything for the man you loved? Even if you knew he’d done something terrible?

 

‘A heart-wrenching and gripping tale. I was hooked from the very first page.’ Write Escape 

Lara’s life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandroand the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can’t tell anyone else or everything he has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. 

Maggie is married to Massimo’s brother Nico and lives with him and her troubled stepdaughter. She knows all of Nico’s darkest secrets – or so she thinks. Then one day she discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret about Nico’s first wife. Will Maggie set the record straight or keep silent to protect those she loves? 

For a family held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price. 

A USA Today bestseller – a heart-wrenching, emotionally gripping read for fans of Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain. 

What everyone’s saying about The Silent Wife:

‘A compulsive read about secrets, lies, and the complexities of families.’ Bloomin’ Brilliant Books

‘What a great novel this is! A very moving story filled with deception, betrayal and, contrastingly, loyalty, love, caring and forgiveness... and it has a brilliant ending!’ Splashes Into Books

‘Well, this book is a firecracker!...you will experience a rollercoaster of emotions, with laughter, sadness and a satisfying ending that will bring a lump to your throat.’ Many Books Many Lives

‘A fantastic, thought-provoking story, told with pace and style.’ Laura Bambrey Books

‘My heart broke … The plot is so well written that you begin to feel as though you are one of the family and it is packed with twists and turns.’ The Reading Reverie

‘A page turner - full of implied secrets, unravelling family lives, new family dynamics.’ Bookworms and Shutterbugs

‘An addictive novel about family dynamics, secrets and betrayals that will have your mouth hanging open in disbelief many times along the way.’ Books of All Kinds

‘A compelling, chilling and heart pounding read which will take you on a rollercoaster ride you’ll never want to leave. Phenomenally written and undeniably powerful, Kerry Fisher has done it yet again.’ The Writing Garnet

‘My only regret about this book is beginning to read it at half term and not being able to finish it quicker. A gripping and emotional read.’ De Ja Reads

‘It is rare that a book will make you look at your own personality and inspire you to be a better person. A less judgmental person. A braver person. The Silent Wife did that for me – and in the most unexpected way … I gasped, laughed and cried.’ The Glass House Girls

‘I loved this book… I was riveted throughout. 5 stars.’ Emma B books

‘The Silent Wife had me engrossed from page one. Five Stars!’ Boon’s Bookcase

‘Another five star read from Kerry Fisher ... I love Kerry Fisher’s books and this was no exception!’ Strongly Review

‘A wonderful, poignant, heart breaking, heart warming story of families and secrets, of hidden strength and unexpected friendship. Brilliant! Very highly recommended. Cannot wait for Kerry’s next!’ Renita D’Silva

This book was previously titled The Secrets of Second Wives 

"An emotional powerhouse!"—RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 Stars, TOP PICK! for Do Not Forsake Me
"Fresh and alluring."—Publishers Weekly STARRED for The Last Outlaw

True Love Never Dies
Times have changed, and the old Wild West is a thing of the past. Nestled in his beautiful Colorado ranch, surrounded by family, infamous former outlaw Jake Harkner's hung up his guns for good and finally found a measure of peace—but dark memories haunt the woman who has always been his strength, and not even Jake is certain he can save his beloved Miranda this time.

All he can do is swear to remain by her side. But it takes more than a hope for peace to outrun a past defined by violence, and it isn't long before Jake is embroiled in a rescue mission he simply can't refuse. Life has brought him back full circle as he rides into Mexico to save a young girl from a dreadful fate...leaving Miranda behind one final time, fearing that the man she loves more than anything is destined to die the way he's always lived—by the gun.

Outlaw Hearts Series:
Outlaw Hearts (Book 1)
Do Not Forsake Me (Book 2)
Love's Sweet Revenge (Book 3)
The Last Outlaw (Book 4)

Praise for Bestselling Historical Western Romances by Rosanne Bittner:
"A hero to set feminine hearts aflutter...western romance readers will thoroughly enjoy this." —Library Journal
"Fans of such authors as Jodi Thomas and Georgina Gentry will enjoy Bittner's thrilling tale of crime and love in the Old West." —Booklist Online
"One of the most powerful voices in western romance." —RT Book Reviews
"This is a tale of tragedy and triumph and the undying power of family to overcome all odds. Bittner at the top of her form."—RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars TOP PICK!

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