With his dying breath, and the noose tightening around his neck, Dalton Crowkiller curses the Conley family. One hundred twenty-five years later, Kathy Conley inherits the Montana ranch, along with Dalton's ghost, from her late husband.
Dalton tries to scare her off, but she is not easily frightened. Since she is also the only one able to see him, they call a truce and slowly become friends.
One night, to overcome her depression and his restlessness, they decide to write a book about Dalton's past as a half-breed gunfighter. Friendship turns to desire, but they cannot consummate their love until a shared wish transports them in time and gives Dalton a second chance.
With Kathy by his side, he evades the woman who caused his hanging. Instead, they journey to his father's Sioux village where he has a vision. Soon their idyllic paradise is shattered by a cavalry raid. They escape, traveling to Boston to visit his mother, but destiny leads them back to Montana and that fateful tree.
Would Dalton Crowkiller, half breed, ever be attainable...he would need to make a very dramatic change in his life...where would it lead him....
Although these words had been written in another time, in another woman's diary, Kathy Conley thought they described Dalton Crowkiller perfectly. He was the kind of man a woman would sin for, die for, if she could only keep him in her arms
Although these words had been written in another time,In another woman's diary,Kathy Conley thought they described Dalton Crowkiller perfectly.He was the kind of man a woman could sin for,die for,if she could only keep him in her arms.
But the dangerous half-breed belonged to the untamed west,and he'd been claimed by another woman long ago.Time itself would keep him and Kathy apart..until he was given one last chance to change the course of his life.Together they found there was no past,no future,only the wonder of the present,the raw,aching desire between them,and a fierce love that could be satisfied but never quenched.
This was not at all what I expected. I was in the mood for a historical Indian romance, but I never expected ghosts, curses and time travel! I just opened up a book with a title that sounded interesting and this is what I got. The story was surprisingly interesting. A man is betrayed and killed for a crime he didn't commit so he put a curse on the people who killed him and their land. And boy did the curse ever stick! Fast-forward 125 years to a woman who was recently widowed by a descendant of the cursed family, and she has now come into ownership of the very cursed ranch.
Somehow, after having haunted the place since his death 125 years prior, he finally meets someone who can see him. After accepting the fact that she has a ghosting haunting her ranch, the two become friends. She, Kathy, convinces him, Dalton, to tell her about his life so that she can write it all down. Between spending time doing that and rebuilding the ranch, they fall in love and inexplicably get sent back to his time to right the wrongs done him and to take care of unfinished business.
I enjoyed the story even with all the modern-day mixed into it. I never thought I would enjoy a time travel historical romance, but this pleasantly surprised me. It was a sweet tale with a happy ending.