This starts off like a "cinderella" tale - wicked step-mother, evil step-brother, with Sara working herself to the bone to keep them fed. She inherits a sum of money, and decides to make a new start. She offers marriage to a peddler by way of a telegram, and offers to meet him at a Halfway House. While waiting for her groom, she meets Jericho, and that's where the story changes. I have to say that Sara is imminently practical, sensible and extremely, extremely naive. Jericho is gruff, tough and has trouble expressing himself in terms of flowery compliments. I thoroughly enjoyed the character's interaction, although I had a problem with the villain. He served no real purpose, except in providing a link between the characters, and a reason for Jericho to be at the Halfway House. The necessity of the villain's appearance at the end also seemed unnecessary, and he could quite easily have died earlier in the book. However, this was still an enjoyable read, with good humour broadly interspersed throughout the book.