If My Love Could Hold You Author:Elaine Coffman Charlotte Augusta Butterworth might be all manners and starch on the surface, but Reed Walker knew that inside there was a woman of passion and fire. She saved this handsome stranger from the gallows. He couldn't just walk away, no matter how much she protested to the contrary. Reed wanted to give her back her life as she had given back his. He ... more »needed to show her there was more to living than hurt, mistrust, and disappointment. So he gave her his love. But he couldn't promise her his future. . . .« less
This story was drawn out way too long. I grew frustrated with the constant push and pull between the two main characters, Walker and Charlotte, much of which stemmed from their very stubborn natures. Only two things kept me reading to the end: that Charlotte had a traumatic childhood (I was curious how that was going to be resolved) and that it was a historical western. Sure there were tender, romantic moments, but they were overshadowed by the many stupid choices they made. Unsatisfying read.