Spencer Williamson lost everything he loved when he buried his family. His heart is dead and he never intends to feel the pain that loss brings again. He married Olivia out of necessity not because he loves her. He never intends to give her the children she wishes for, prays for, month after month. Because of her innocence, he manages to hide his deception from her for three years. Olivia takes her dead sister's abused children to raise thinking this is an answer to her prayers. A near tragedy will change Spencer's attitude about how he feels toward Olivia, but will it be too late to make things right?
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. It's on my keeper shelf, and I reread it every year. Great Americana if you like late/early 19th century.
Great book. Really enjoyed it.
3.5 stars. I liked the unrequited love storyline but three years is a long time for a husband to keep a wife at bay emotionally. The heroine didn't get angry enough for me when she found out how her hubby tricked her and the hubby didn't grovel enough for me. Their resolution fell a little flat. However, the secondary characters where enjoyable and I love a historical western setting.
Another- The review listed here is so off the mark. This was classic Mittman-the story was great, one of my very favorites by her but I like all her books anyways. It is heartwrenching, funny,sensual and also about love and forgiveness.
he was all she ever wanted...but the one she could not hold...