After 5 years in prison, Lily Dale is released early. She is offered the opportunity to impersonate the wife of the man who wants to be the first governor of Colorado Quinn Westin. Otherwise, she can go back to jail. What a choice!
Lilys face and that of Quinns wife are nearly identical. The reformation of Lily begins immediately and Lily is a quick study. No one talks about where Quinns real wife is and why she isnt by Quinns side.
Quinn soon comes aware of his attraction to Lily. Is it because she has become Miriam or because he is attracted to Lily? The new Mrs. Westin (Lily) has no such questions; shes never been around such a dynamic and confident man and shes very attracted to him.
Miriams missing status is a stumbling block between Quinn and Lily. She wants to know about her; Quinn does not want to discuss her. He becomes very angry when she poses questions.
When I first read this book a year ago, I wasnt impressed. On second reading, however, I see things I didnt see before. This is a unique and subtle book. Enjoy!
Quinn Westin is hellbound to be the first governor of the newly created state of Colorado. Lily Dale is a rough frontier woman who is newly released from prison. Will Lily aid Quinn in obtaining his dreams or destroy them forever? Maggie Osborne is a great author. I agree with Nora Roberts' description of Osborne's works. She is a storyteller who consistently delivers wit, style, and class to her readers. Very good book!
After five years of imprisonment, Lily Dale walks out of the gates to find that she has traded one cage for another.
Quinn Weston is determined to be the first governor of Colorado. There can be no taint of scandal on his record. Since his wife has mysteriously disappeared and Quinn needs a woman to pose as Mrs. Weston, Lily is the perfect double.
Rough and tumble Lily is as far from a lady of quality as you can get. But she agrees to the plan, knowing that when the charade is over, she will gain her freedom and the chance to find her daughter.
With Quinn and Kingmaker Paul Kazinskis help, she gradually transforms into Miriam, becoming a true lady fit to be the governors wife.
The masquerade begins to take on a reality of its own as Quinn finds himself attracted to Lily, not because of her resemblance to Miriam, but for her earthy, strong, outspoken character.
As love smolders between this unlikely duo, it becomes imperative to find Miriam.