Forgiving Author:LaVyrle Spencer When Sarah Merritt arrives in Dakota Territory in 1876, she steps off the dusty Cheyenne stagecoach determined to start this ramshackle gold-rush town's 1st newspaper. In Deadwood her runaway younger sister, Addie, is living & working as domestic help @ Mrs. Hossiter's boardinghouse, according to her letters. 5 years after Addie's flight from ho... more »me, Sarah is carrying sad news that their one remaining parent, newspaper publisher Isaac Merritt, has died.
But when Sarah-tall, prim & nearly a spinster at 25-sets up her father's printing press in the middle of Main St., she finds herself at loggerheads with Sheriff Noah Campbell. Headstrong & opinionated,with an auburn mustache & grinning gray eyes, strong-backed & short-tempered, he attests her on the spot.
But life is never simple. Mrs.Hossiter is more commonly known as Rosie in this bawdy frontier town, & Addie's work is as an "upstairs girl", not an upstairs maid. With dyed black hair &, apparently, a heart to match, Addie is furious when Sarah turns up at the bordello- and she tells her proper sister to get out. What could have happened to change Addie so, what awful hurt has she endured- and what can Sarah do to regain the sweet sister of her youth & bring her home again?
Suffused with vivid, heartfelt characters, exquisite storytelling & the triumphant passion that have brought her books such national acclaim, Forgiving is a magical new novel in the glorious Spencer tradition.« less