Maggie Rutherford jilts her too-perfect society groom at the altar and flees New York for the American West. There she turns her travels into dime novels that she writes and illustrates under the pen name Lud Madison.
After the Civil War, veteran Ben Morgan marries his childhood sweetheart and takes her to homestead on the Great Plains. Losing her and their unborn child in an Indian attack, Ben detaches from emotion and becomes a roaming gambler. When he kills a cheating opponent in self-defense, the man’s gunslinger brother swears revenge upon Ben.
Ben hides on a cattle drive and brings in a herd to Abilene, where a waiting Maggie wants to find a rough and tumble cowboy to interview for her next story idea. Sparks fly as the dangerous drover and popular novelist wind up living in the same household, running a general store east of Abilene. But with Black Tex Lonnegan hot on his trail, will Ben run from his growing attraction to Maggie and the gunfighter’s promise of death–or will he make a stand for his life–and love?
“An endearing story of love in the old West. It was exciting and all together lovely.”
“I really enjoyed this book. It captured my attention from the opening pages and held my interest until the final sentence. The author struck an excellent balance of adrenaline rushed action and adventure with warm, sentimental moments.”
“My favorite Linwood release so far, and I’ve loved the others, but this is my favorite!!”
“The closer the end came, the richer the action came across the pages. The harder is was to put down. In the end, Ms. Linwood gave a satisfying conclusion that left me happy. And wanting more of her style.”
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