Claiming the Heart Author:Sara Luck As the Texas and Pacific Railroad expands across the wide-open frontier, a spirited young woman finds a triumphant love amidst the tracks and tumult. — History in the making . . . — July 1876: Building a railroad that reaches Fort Worth city limits by a midnight deadline is an all-consuming obsession for track supervisor Gabriel C... more »orrigan -- while his socialite wife, Marthalee, daughter of a powerful Louisiana politician, heads home to arrange a marriage annulment. But when Gabe crosses paths with Josie Laclede, a vivacious businesswoman from St. Louis, he sees a sassy lady bold enough to stake her claim in the wild Texas plains -- yet soft and sweet enough to win his heart.
Love for the keeping . . .
Though her past is a mystery -- Josie was a foundling, raised by a kind widower who now runs a shop and hotel with her -- Gabe dreams of a bright future with Josie by his side. Tantalized by his gentle kisses, and swept up in the thrilling track-laying race that has all of Fort Worth pitching in, Josie is tempted to fall hard for Gabe. But Marthalee returns, vying for the T&P fortune he stands to make. And when her father offers Gabe a senate seat and a chance to get back into his well-connected family, a heartbroken Josie vanishes with the prairie breeze. Will their dream of a once-in-a-lifetime love go up in smoke?« less
I liked this story. Our heroine, Josie, is left in the carriage of the local widowed store keeper by her single mother and raised with much love. She is loved by everyone and I like this angle vs the underprivileged always being shunned. Ms Luck gives us a wonderful alternate view of life in the west. Josie meets the man of her dreams and eventually they marry but its a time span until that happens. He, our hero, comes to town to build a railroad, leaves and then returns. He is caught up in the politics surrounding the railroad against his wishes and eventually is freed from it to come back to Josie. This story is set during the time of President Grant, freed slaves, and the developing West.