For good old-fashioned storytelling, look to Landis's (Until Tomorrow) eighth-a joyous tale about a late 19th century woman who gives up all for the chance to start over. Eva Eberhart, a dance-hall performer in Cheyenne, Wy., is weary of being manhandled by the patrons of the Palace of Venus Saloon and Dance Hall. A desire for a respectable position prompts her to reply to an ad for a housekeeper at the Trail's End Ranch in the Montana Territory. Eva outfits herself with a ladylike demeanor, a bogus past and a book of household hints and recipes. The embittered ranch owner Chase Cassidy, a former gunslinger and convicted outlaw, is unsure Eva will be able to handle heavy housekeeping, let alone his unruly, teenage nephew, but desperation overshadows doubts. With the help of her book, Eva manages the house and nephew-and ranch owner. But, while Eva's willing to forgive Chase's outlawry, Chase proves himself less forgiving of Eva's past. After All is historical romance at its very best-a combination of high adventure and the magic of love.
Eva Eberhart was looking for a way out of her dance hall life...and found herself at Trail's End. Gruff rancher Chase Cassidy didn't think Eva had what it took to be housekeeper to a bunch of ranch hands, but he wanted to give her a chance. For Chase himself lived in the shadow of his own dangerous past. Maybe together they could find a place in the heart where they could build a sweet, forgiving love. Because in Last Chance, Montana, the greatest chance of all comes once in a lifetime...
Weary of the customers at the Palace of Venus Saloon, dance-hall performer Eva Eberhart wants out; she wants respectability. She decides to apply for the job of housekeeper at the Trails End Ranch, in Last Chance, Montana.
Creating a new past, Eva arrives at the ranch looking every inch a lady. However, ranch owner Chase Cassidy, is unsure that Eva is up to the task. Part of the housekeepers job is to handle a difficult teen nephew, Lane, also living at the ranch. Cassidy is desperate and agrees to give Eva the opportunity to prove herself.
What Eva does not know at this point is that Cassidy is also trying to escape his past; he was a dangerous gunslinger and spent time in prison. Chases neighbors are displeased to have such a man in their midst. The nephew in this story (who will star in the next story, LAST CHANCE), is very troubled and a constant irritant to his uncle.
Years before this story began; Lanes mother was killed in front of him. When Chase came home, he left Lane with a neighbor and rode after the killers. He intended to only be gone a few days; he was absent for more than ten years. This is much of the conflict between uncle and nephew; Lane was abandoned by the only two people in his world.
This is a wonderful story about two adults who dont feel worthy of happiness.
1. After All (1995)
2. Last Chance (1995)