Great book! Noah is injured from during a farm accident while a teen and pretty much becomes a recluse. His handsome younger brother can do no wrong in his Mom's eye (while Noah is a monster) but his younger brother is a liar, cheat, and womanizer. He marries a girl because she won't go to bed with him without a ring and then leaves her pregnant and broke. When Noah hears his brother is killed he finds his widow and arranges to take care of her. Neither Noah or Katherine believe they are worth much but they each learn to help the other.
This book is a sort of sequel to Sweet Annie. The main characters from Sweet Annie are peripheral characters in this story. You don't need to read Sweet Annie first since I don't think there is much through-story, but it is nice to know there's a connected book to read.
Without reiterating too much of what has already been said about this book - the hero is scarred from youth and thinks of himself as a monster. The heroine grew up poor and mistreated by her mother and then her husband who married her only because she refused to have sex outside marriage. Kind of a Beauty and The Beast scenario.
The story of them coming together both physically and emotionally was beautifully told and touching.
I read a book almost every day and it has been a very long time since one made me cry. This one did. Not in a bad way, more a happy sweet way.
Not a super sensual book, the love scenes are brief and without much description. But the love story is sensual and sexy without the details.
I really liked this book. Katherine was a loving and caring woman and Noah was scarred and hurting. I liked the twists and turns in this story but most of all the steadfast committment Katherine made to Noah amid the pain.
This story is an American historical book during 1890 in Colorado. The hero is a scarred man who marries his brothers widow to give her unborn child a father. At 296 pages it's a quick read. I'd give it a 3 on a scale of 5.
I love historical romance, and this is by a favorite author of mine. I love St. John's historicals even more than her contemporary ones. This is a great story, and as usual she tears out your heart and then gives it back to you many times over. Please enjoy.
This is another well-written book by Cheryl St. John. As the second book in a three-part series, this continues the story about the folks of Copper Creek, Colorado. Annie and Luke (from SWEET ANNIE) reappear during this story.
Katherine Cutter has been abandoned by her handsome, promiscuous husband; she is expecting his baby in a few months. Because her husband did not provide for her, Kate has had to return to her previous hard job (laundress) and living with her hostile, angry mother. Kate has always been poor but hoped for a better life for her child. She hasn't heard from her husband in 5 months and has lost almost all hope.
A strange man arrives and tells her that her husband Levi is dead and he is willing to take her to his home to live. His name is Noah Cutter and he is half-brother to her husband. Kate begins to notice that Noah is totally covered with hair, gloves, a coat and a hat (always on and pulled down low on his head). She eventually learns that Noah is deeply scarred emotionally and physically.
Kate is a kind woman who is thankful for the second chance Noah provides. Because she is not horrified by Noah's scars, he gradually learns to let go of some of his trappings that hide him.
This is a gentle story about two people with little hope for the future who find each other. This is written in Cheryl St. John's winning style.
Copper Creek, Colorado
1. Sweet Annie (2001)
2. His Secondhand Wife (2005)
3. Almost a Bride (2006) (to be found in 'Wed under Western Skies')