Fairly new author, who I am definitely loving. If you like a historical western with a tortured hero, this book is for you. Great writing, wonderful characters.
Victoria Bylin my favorite Author!!
John Leaf had a past but a past behind him and was now the towns preacher but the whoel town agreed he needed somthing a woman who could finally make him whole. Read as Abbie Windsor comes into his life
FYI: John Leaf is mentioned in almost every one of Bylins books so get to know him before hand!
From the back:
"You gotta face the ghosts." More poignant advice the Reverend John Leaf had yet to hear for dealing with his haunted past. A man of God now, he'd done things that would shame the devil himself, not the least of which was loving and leaving Abbie Windsor, a woman who could make him whole.
Abbie Windsor had weathered dark days with only the steel of her will for cold comfort. yet today John Leaf - who'd awakened her womanhood, who'd givern her a daughter - offered her his protection. But chould she accept a marriage in name only to the man who shared her soul?
Abbie's Outlaw by Victoria Bylin
Midas, New Mexico Series Book 2
Our hero in this book is a man with a dark past, real dark. John Horatio Leaf lived a life that some described as John having been to hell and back. Thanks to a prison stay and Silas Jones he was now known as Reverend John Leaf. He preached like he lived and as he saw life. When he receives a letter from a young girl saying she believed he was her father, his world came down around him. His father, Isaac Leaf, was pure evil and John did not want to pass those genes on to any child. He chose the single life as well in case his past ever caught up to him, especially Ben Gantry. When Abigail Moore Windsor comes to town and is looking for her runaway daughter, the one and same who sent him a letter, his world comes down even further. He had met Abbie when he was twenty-one and never really forgot her.
Abbie and he son, Robbie, came to Midas hoping to find Susanna there already. Instead she learns that she may have gone to Bitterroot, Wyoming and John had enemies of the worst kind there. Her father had pushed her to marry Robert Windsor when they found out she was with child and she has just lived the worst fourteen years ever. If she cried at Robert's funeral...they would have been happy tears. Seeing John brought up old feelings quickly. She just hoped he could be a loving father to their daughter. She had been treated badly all her life by Robert and her father, Judge Lawton Moore. The longer Abbie is around Midas with Johnny, the more she remembers that seventeen year old girl and how she felt about him back then, and maybe still. Only fourteen years of cruel treatment had turned her into a broken woman. Can these two people find the love from long ago and break through their pasts that hold them both prisoners?
Susanna's story is in the 3rd book: Midnight Marriage.
**Sexual situations within marriage.
Good story about 2nd chances. Historical romance.
a troubled man has become a priest..left a woman..she could make him whole..she had weathered the dark days with grit and determination..he had given her a daughter..could she marry the man in name only?