This heroine, Annie Lash, is much more satisfying than the one in WILD SWEET WILDERNESS (first book in the series). Dorothy Garlock neatly enfolds her story within the framework of a historical fact -- Aaron Burrs trial for treason.
In this tale, Burrs henchmen are trying to kill the 2 heroes of this book: frontiersmen Jefferson Merrick and Will.
The only women in the West in the early years were soiled doves. Men put down their money and spent time with the sporting ladies. This did not require any emotional attachment from the men. Jefferson is a perfect example of the man interested in sex but not really thinking about what the woman wanted.
When ladies trekked to the wilderness, they brought along ideas of romantic love and a shared life. In other words, women who came west had to teach men about feelings. Garlock shows the natural conflict that women felt about western men -- being looked upon as breeders (and little else).
Annie Lash is a strong character; she holds out for what she wants.
Callie and Wills story almost overshadowed the one with the two main characters (Annie Lash and Jefferson). Callie was married to Jeffersons brother and hed abandoned Callie and the children some time before. I think we can all identify with a woman who is married to an awful man but loves another.
The final book, ALMOST EDEN, covers the story between Lightbody and Maggie.
1. Wild Sweet Wilderness (1985)
2. Annie Lash (1985)
3. Almost Eden (1995)
When her parents died, lovely Annie Lash was left alone in old St. Louis--a prize catch for the elderly suitors lined up at her door. But, yearning for a man who could love her completely--and whom she could love in return, Annie refused them all. Then a young frontiersman named Jefferson Merrick offered her the chance to love in a distant settlement. Dreaming of a future by the wide Missouri, she accepted--never realizing that she would have to face hostile Indians, river bandits, and Jefferson's political enemies. Even more dangerous were the storms of her own heart. For the rugged man who dared to tame the wild country around them was now starting to tame the wild Annie Lash.