This is the third book in the series of Mail Order Bride: Miss Helen's School for Western Brides.
It is the story of Genevieve and Jack, both of whom are desperate to quickly change their circumstances.
Genevieve is desperate to leave Baltimore or risk facing going to jail or possibly death. She was wrongly accused of killing a man who attempted to pose as her fiance returning from war. Duped and all alone, she feels helpless in her situation. She had already suffered much loss in her young life, and this latest incident only adds to her misery and desperation.
Jack is desperate to find a bride who can also be a mother to his 3 year old daughter. Jack's wife recently died of small pox, leaving him in the care of his 3 year old daughter. He is ill prepared to manage his daughter and serve as the local sheriff in a town in Missouri. He needs a wife to immediately step in as a mother for his daughter, but he also desperately wants to head west for a new life.
Their lives are forever joined when Miss Helen works her magic once again to bring these two desperate souls together.
Genevieve must quickly learn basic skills and tasks that she will be needed in her new life on the western frontier. She questions if she is the right person, but what choice does she have? Will she get along with Jack? And with his daughter? Will she and Jack find love when the winds of desperation finally settle down and they have a chance to get to know one another?
This is a clean western romance set in the western frontier of the US during the 1800's.
*Western Short Story!
Without warning, along came a stranger strolling down the red dirt road. The prairie pilgrim carried in his hands just a Bible and a Bowie knife. He was not known by the ruthless men and women of the gang. They were perched on the edge of a cliff like a covey of ravenous vultures.
The thirteen thieves glanced at their grim leader for a judgment. He took one look at the weary vagabond and shook his head. The humble man obviously had nothing of value... except his soul. Therefore, he was worthless to them or anybody else in this world.
"Kill him quietly and then dispose of the body before the caravan comes through here," the leader boldly ordered without a second thought.
"With pleasure," said the first bloodthirsty thief who was a murderous midwife nicknamed Little Tera.
The others silently drew out their knives and swords. The human vultures moved as one onto the road. The simple stranger stopped in his tracks. He did not fear the thieves... for he had nothing left to steal.
The prairie pilgrim held up his hands and bowed his head in surrender. The dogeared Bible fluttered in the hot San Ana winds. The thirteen blades sliced and pierced his chest and back. The pilgrim fell as he unwillingly prepared to give up the ghost. The evil leader moved swiftly as he struck the final blow. And then the poor man's spirit departed.
Before their bloody plan could be completed, the caravan of gold roared onto the scene. The first armed carriage came upon the carnage and then it skidded to a halt. A cloud of red dust billowed and then blew away as the cavalry soldiers alighted from their steeds. The angry young officers drew their swords as they awaited the orders from the federal marshal.
At the rear of the caravan, the owners of the bank branches poked their heads out of the private carriages. The pious men wondered what grievous act had stalled their prosperous journey to San Francisco. Then the acrid smell and ugly sight of the innocent man's bloody body ...
Trouble is looming for Steve Blaine...
When three outlaws arrive at the family ranch he runs with his father, Heck, all manner of hell breaks loose.
The Blaines settled legally on the land years ago, but their neighbour - Zeke Coppard - always regarded it as his own.
Determined to regain the use of the range by whatever means necessary, Coppard takes no prisoners in his efforts to stake his claim on the land.
But that's not all.
Tensions mount when a secret Heck has been keeping for over twenty years finally comes to the surface, threatening to destroy everything that Steve holds dear.
Steve soon realises that he has some life changing decisions to make and not a lot of time in which to make them.
Battling against devious ranchers and ruthless outlaws, can father and son leave the past behind them and work towards saving their future?
But when the guns start firing, will there even be a future left to fight for?
Praise for Alan David
'A classic of the genre.' - Tom Kasey, bestselling author of Trade Off.
Alan David is a prolific writer of over 500 novels in a wide range of genres, from classic westerns, to historical thrillers. His other western novels include Fight or Die, Gun Hell, Gun Wages and Draw or Die.
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