Liberty Ann Justice is a firebrand who runs her familys newspaper in Laramie, Wyoming Territory, with the help of her younger brother and a hired hand.
She has received a warning from a son of the owner of a conglomerate of Western newspapers (which includes her Laramie newspaper), that she is to cease and desist from leading the parade (via her editorials) for womens suffrage. Andrew Savage warned that he was planning to visit Libby if the editorials hadnt improved.
When a man walks into the newspaper, Libby mistakes his identity and immediately tries to convince him to remove censorship on her editorials. This young mans name is actually Donovan and he is part-owner of a saloon/gambling parlor in San Francisco.
He was on a train and in an extended poker game with Andrew when the young newspaper executive (Savage) was shot for cheating. Donovan came to Libby to drop off the dead mans briefcase when Liberty assumed he was Andrew Savage. Donovan continued the deception because he was immediately smitten with the young woman.
The premise of the story and some of the coincidences are so mind-bending that it diminishes the consequence of this story. However, I didnt really care; the characters were so engaging that I would have followed them off the edge of the pages.
Donovan has an interesting back story; the reader soon learns that he has always wanted a big family. When his dream comes true, Donovan finds that he should have been more careful about his wishes.
Donovan is beta to Libertys very alpha personality. As with all the Sharon Ihle books Ive read, the dialog is snappy and the story moves at a brisk pace. This story is so much fun that the glaring holes in the tale are easy to ignore.
good historical with humor