Steven Gravel takes his position with the Northwest Mounted Police very seriously. But a routine patrol of the territory beyond newly built Fort McLead reveals a surprising oversight--a sprawling cattle ranch! Owner Cletis Dawson, widowed father of three daughters, is eager to supply beef to the fort. But Steven soon wonders if business is the only thing on Dawsons mind, because at every chance, marriageable middle daughter Emily is thrust into his path. Yet its not gentle Emily--or flirtatious, exasperating little Elizabethwho draws Stevens eye, but the oldest girl, Willow. Stubborn, standoffish, and firmly focused on their business arrangement, Willow is hardly willing to be courtedunless Steven can unlock the secrets in her proud, wild heart.
Reviewer: Huntress Reviews (United States) -
Constable Steven Gravel of the Northwest Mounted Police was stationed at Fort McLeod, Canada. He took his job seriously. Yet his past as a professional clown, known as Bubbles, kept popping up. During a routine patrol around the newly built fort he found a large cattle ranch that somehow had been missed before! The owner, Cletis Dawson, agreed to supply much needed beef to the fort. But Steven wondered if Cletis was also trying to marry off his middle daughter, Emily. Problem was that Steven preferred the oldest, Willow.
Willow wanted nothing to do with marriage! Her youngest sister, Libby, was only thirteen and had yet to figure out what she wanted. Emily, though, was wasted on the ranch. She was every inch a lady, ran the house, and looked forward to a family of her own someday. Willow was more like her father. Willow knew about cattle! She wanted to breed and raise Herefords and Black Angus on her own ranch someday. A ranch without a husband or children.
Willow and Steven were attracted to each other, but her hidden, and very real fears, had her pushing Steven toward Emily. Steven was out to convince Willow that no one else would do!
***** A charming addition to the series! The couples from books one and two show up as co-characters. Seeing familiar people that I had met before let me feel like an "Insider". I loved seeing how they were doing.
Willow was a strong heroine that needed no man for her survival. She was someone I could not help but admire! In fact, this story had a second romance going on in the background. I loved it! Keep them coming Kathryn Fox! *****