Lovely Rachel McKinnon's only protection against the evil Jonas Wilkes is a town doctor who swore to her dying mother he would protect her from all harm. He did more than that--he fell in love with her, and she with him. But could they withstand Wilkes' evil plot to tear them apart?
When Rachel McKinnon attracts the attention of Jonas Wilkes, she is truly in dire straits. Wilkes, the owner of a lumber empire, has power over most everyone he meets -- and now he wants Rachel. Her only hope is Griffin Fletcher. The town's darkly handsome, unmarried doctor, he once made a promise to Rachel's dying mother to keep her daughter out of harm's way. But little did Fletcher know that looking after the lovely Rachel would mean facing down Wilkes, his nemesis. Now the enmity he harbors for Wilkes is about to erupt in a dangerous confrontation . . . and the young doctor who swore never to love again is suddenly in danger of falling desperately in love with the one woman he swore he would always protect.
One of America's best-loved storytellers, Linda Lael Miller sets passions blazing in the unforgettable tale of Fletcher's Woman.
washingtons rowdy lumber camps is no place for an innocent younf beauty.
One of the reasons I like this novel so much is that it portrays a realistic conflict of a woman's feelings for two men. Even though her head knows better, the heroine heart is pulled in opposite directions - as can often happen in real life, too! The plot isn't an "easy", typical romance one where boy and girl meet, jump one little hurdle and everything falls into place. I appreciate that LLM takes chances and askes the reader accept a more challenging storyline. The payoff is worth it.
Not one of my favorites from this author but it kept me hanging on to see what happened next. And, a lot happened in this story! Set in the beauty of the Pacific Coast and centered around a lumber camp, Rachel McKinnon's father was a lumberjack and her mother ran a bordello and Jonas Wilkes ran everything else in the place except for hot-headed, mean-tempered Dr. Griffin Fletcher. Things heat up from the beginning with intrigue, jealousy, fights, kidnappings, a hint at white slavery, murders, high drama, racial conflict, a little funny stuff and of course, love conquers all. And, Rachel lands smack dab in the middle of everything.
Different than the other works of this author but a very enjoyable book.
A young woman torn by her feelings for 2 very different men. Searching for answers -who is she, what does she want in life, she has to find her own way, make her own mistakes and determine who is really the better man plus and who and what is best for her.
By the end of the second page, I couldnt put this book down. It really grabbed my attention and kept me glued to the story.
Rebecca McKinnon ran away from her husband and daughter years ago; weary with the subsistence living miners (and their families) accepted as their lot. She became a successful madam of a bordello in Providence, Washington Territory. But now she is dying and afraid her husband (plus daughter) will arrive soon in Providence. Ezra will work in the mines for the very dangerous Jonas Wilkes.
Jonas owns everything in the area and has an eye for the ladies he collects them like cards uses them up and discards them. Rebecca is afraid that her daughter, Rachel, will catch Jonas eye and suffer the same fate.
When her doctor arrives, Rebecca begs Dr. Fletcher Griffin to marry her daughter to keep her from Jonas clutches. Fletcher is stunned by the offer and gently refuses. He has his own complicated back story.
Eating in the miners cafeteria on the first morning, Rachel runs into Jonas Wilkes. He is taken with her violet eyes immediately. The rest of the book is a tale of Fletcher and Jonas warring over Rachel. The only time they join forces is to save Rachel from being kidnapped and sent on a ship to wealthy South Americans and sold for the best price.
This is an involved plot, with enough twists and turns for any reader. Miller outdid herself with this tale; it was a page-turner.
Washington's rowdy lumber camps were no place for an innocent young beauty. And when lovely Rachel McKinnon caught the eye of Jonas Wilkes, she was truly in dire straits. Wilkes owned the lumber empire, the town, the people--and now he wanted Rachel.
This story was just too long. I didnt sink into it like all her others. A quick fast read!