Nowhere near as good as Lorraine Heath's stories. This story started out pretty good and rapidly went downhill from there. A stranger showed up at her farm. Ellen had been alone for two years since her husband had taken off and left her. She was trying to keep things together for his return. Jess Flint had been an outlaw who had ridden with Ellen's husband in a notorious train robbing gang. Jess knew Ellen's husband had taken the gold and hidden it on his farm. Jess hadn't planned on falling for Ellen. They practically make love even though she's a married woman. Then Ellen's husband shows up with two other outlaws in tow and doesn't even bat an eye when Jess helps Ellen upstairs because she has a broken leg. Ellen sleeps in the hayloft with Jess and her husband doesn't care either! She ends up shooting and killing her own husband (and not even in self-defense) but because he is threatening to shoot Jess.
Ellen is alone one her farm waiting for her husband to return. Instead of her husbadn Jess Flint walks through her gate. After a fall Ellen hires Jess to help on the farm but soon trouble comes knocking at her door.
This was a great book,romance,suspense,and action. I loved it!!
Harlequin romantic historical fiction, US late 1800's
I thought this book was very good.I enjoyed it to the end
I really enjoy Ms. Banning's books. Nice fast read!
When a stranger turned up at her farm, in need of a place to rest, Ellen Obrian din't have the heaert to turn him away. He looked darkly dangerous, but she could handle herself: she had learned hard and fast when her husband upped and left.
Jess Flint couldn't help but admire Ellen's coourage and grit even though he had to keep secrets from her. He showed her what is was like to feel like a woman again,, to have a man to hold and rely on. With danger just around the corner, could their bond help them survive or would his past tear them apart.
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SHOULD SHE TRUST HIM?
When a stranger turned up at her farm, in need of rest, Ellen O'Brian didn't have the heart to turn him away. He looked darkly dangerous, but she could handle herself; she had learned hard and fast when her husband upped and left.
Jess Flint couldn't help but admire Ellen's courage and grit - even though he had to keep secrets from her. He showed her what it was like to feel like a woman again, to have a man to hold and rely on. With danger just around the corner, could their bond help them survive - or would his past tear them apar?
This is a different spin on the lone traveler arriving at a woman's farm. Ellen O'Brian knows she is married; her husband walked away one day and has been missing for a couple of years. This has left Ellen with sole responsibility for her farm. Jess Flint arrives at the O'Brian farm and talks her into hiring him as a handyman until she recovers from her broken leg. However, Jess is looking for something.
There are lots of twists to this story and I don't want to ruin the surprises. I'll just mention what I thought odd about the book. First, Ellen moved too much (sometimes into odd places) for having a broken leg. Second, the romance between Ellen and Jess was strained because Ellen was serious about her vows (good for her).
***SPOILER ALERT *** Ladies of the community started to shun Ellen, and then it all disappeared without sufficient explanation.
Finally, the secondary romance should have been left out or moved along at a faster pace. People their age pussy-footing around at such a snail's pace seemed strange.
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