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She thought she’d met the man of her dreams. She couldn’t have been more wrong.
His letters had won her heart. Leaving everything behind, Lisa Hanlon is ready to start a new life in the West. Sheriff Donald Skroch is attractive, influential, and eager to wed his mail-order bride. Shortly after arriving in Tate City, Lisa discovers that he's also short-tempered, violent and possessive…and she’s soon fleeing for California, desperate to escape the man she’s promised to marry.
Arriving at a broken-down ranch in the middle of nowhere, Lisa is only seeking a place to hide. She’s dismayed to discover a rugged drifter, Pearce Folsom, in one of the outbuildings. Burdened with secrets of his own, Pearce hides the truth of his past but not his attraction to Lisa. When he steals a burning kiss during the middle of a midnight storm, Lisa knows this handsome cowboy wants more from her than she is ready to give. She can’t truly offer her heart until she is finally and forever free from Donald.
Then, one terrible day, a telegram arrives: FOUND YOU.
Now enjoy an excerpt:
On a different night, in a different setting, Pearce would have enjoyed making the acquaintance of this appealing stranger. She appeared to be exactly his kind of girl: beautiful, full of spirit, and revealing more of herself to a stranger’s eyes than any proper woman would rightly consider.
Apparently, she was also ready to shoot him on sight. This was something new. In his past experiences, it had usually taken a few weeks before the women he’d met had wanted him dead.
“What are you doing?” he asked. “Alone out here, on a night like this? You’re more than a little foolish, girl.”
“I’m twenty-five years old. I’m hardly a girl!”
“You’re right about that.” Again, he allowed himself the pleasure of viewing her. She was dark-haired, with brown eyes and a pale complexion. Her frame was small but nicely proportioned. Noting her attire, he realized his visitor had dressed modestly but the weather had overcome her good intentions.
For the first time in his life, Pearce felt grateful for an unexpected downpour.
The woman’s face colored under his gaze. Seemingly aware of the blush coloring her cheeks, she frowned. Her jaw tightening, she went from discomfited to angry in just a few seconds.
Having embarrassed and angered his share of the female population, Pearce had met with this type of reaction before. He said, “Aren’t you a firecracker.”
My take on this book:
Anne Glynn provides a richly detailed read that hooked me from the beginning pages! Twenty-five year old Louisa Jolene Hanlon (Lisa) is a mail order bride on the run. She found refuge with her uncle Ted Hanlon at his Broken H ranch for three months before he passed away, while he didn't have much he left everything to her,something that should have provided a measure of security, instead a telegram arrives that says FOUND YOU! As if the telegram isn't enough she finds a strange man in the barn, could it be that he is after her?
A different type of mail order bride read for certain made this a page turning read for me. I found the characters of Lisa and Pearce interesting. I couldn't help but wonder why she was running, and the author feeds snippets of information that kept pulling me along making me need to know more! Lisa was a strong character that wasn't afraid to do what needed done. The feelings are certainly apparent between Pearce and Lisa but that's the last thing either of them want. Speaking of Pearce he really isn't what he appears, he has issues from his past that really add another layer to the story. A very well written story with a fast moving plot that kept me engaged from beginning to the end. Anyone who enjoys reading historical romance will find this one to read, but if you're like me and enjoy mail order bride stories this one certainly provides a fresh twist to that genre. Anne Glynn has gained a new fan here I can't wait to read more of her work!
A collector of vintage Barbies and younger boyfriends, Anne Glynn currently resides in the American Southwest.
The truth is a little more complicated. I'm Anne and my S.W.P. (Significant Writing Partner) is Glynn. Together, we write as 'Anne Glynn'.
However, I am a collector of vintage Barbies and I have, on occasion, collected the younger boyfriend. Not so much these days.