Tallie Somerset marries an English Lord for the sake of convenience on both their parts. Neither are in love with the other but both sort of use each other for their own reasons. When Tallies husband becomes embroiled in a scandal involving the Prince of Wales she is asked, for the sake of the family, to divorce him. She does. Also at this time the book she publishes under the pseudonym of Nora Ingram becomes popular, but scandalous and the publisher reveals her name and she becomes public enemy #1 among Queen Victoria and pals. Needing to lay low for a bit her friend Jennie asks her to escort her paramour to America in the hopes Tallie will keep him from cheating.
Jeb Tuhill is a cowboy and is running away himself. He has left his home and family in Texas and is now running a cattle ranch/investment deal in Wyoming. He first met Tallie and her husband in England. When he sees her here in America he thinks she is still married and she doesnt doesnt tell him otherwise.
I had a few issues with the story and my main one is the name dropping. Everyone in this story is like a magnet for popular figures of the time. They know the Vanderbilts, Charles Darwin, Astor, Tennyson, Robert Fleming, Buffalo Bill Even Winston Churchill as a child makes an appearance as his mother Jennie is Tallies BFF. Most of the time it really had no bearing on the story, it was unnecessary filler. The only famous name I enjoyed was that of Charles Darwin and his wife as they were an important part of Tallies life. Their presence was explainable and appreciated, it made sense.
I didnt understand why Tallie wouldnt tell Jeb she was divorced. They obviously were attracted and when he kept stepping back because she was married and she wouldnt tell him the truth it was frustrating to me.
The imagery in this book is outstanding and vivid. The author does a great job of painting life in both the England and Western America. The characters really stand out and are full of personality. Some of the side characters won me over just as much as Tallie and Jeb. Tallie and Jeb are a fun couple the lady and her cowboy. I think fans of historical romance will appreciate the detailed settings and the facts woven in with fiction.
Cherise Everhard, September 2012