Couldn't put it down. 3 totally different eras, situations and cast of characters. The thing I love about her books is that the lead characters aren't always "beautiful" people. They're plain, ordinary,imperfect people.
Fiery-tempered beauty Anna Reardon had only one chance to escape the shameful street-urchin's life forever--to become Karl Lindstrom's mail-order bride. Karl soon discovered Anna's true background, but there was one burning secret that Anna will never be able to reveal. . . .
The untimely death of her husband leaves Maggie Pearson wealthy but emotionally bereft. Two decades after she has left home, Maggie returns to Wisconsin to fortify her spirits and decides to open a bed-and-breakfast despite dire warnings from her tight-lipped mother and the hurt fury of her college-age daughter. Her first love, Eric Severson, is also back in town, running a family-owned charter fishing boat to the great displeasure of his beautiful, ambitious wife. As Eric and his spouse battle over whether to sidetrack her career in favor of a baby, he and Maggie drift together.
Sarah Merritt arrives in Deadwood, Dakota territory, in 1876 with her father's printing press and two ambitions--to find her sister Addie and to establish a local newspaper. In a town of mining bachelors, Sarah quickly becomes the center of attention in more ways than one, particularly when she knocks heads with marshal Noah Campbell, her soon-to-be romantic interest. Sarah finds Addie working in a local brothel and commences a long struggle to win back her affection and her soul. She writes to Addie's former fiance, who comes to Deadwood and joins her in pursuing Addie's salvation, an endeavor which will force them all to confront an ugly secret from the past.
One of my favorite authors of romance--she makes her characters come alive and their problems seem all too real.