A past so dark, it can't be lifted?
Lena Jenkins hides her past from everyone she comes across. Shamed and overwhelmed by the perceived negativity, she is close to making a vow to never let anyone near her heart again; for no one could ever love a soiled dove.
Quint Morris has eyes for the beautiful Lena, but his own troubled history drives him to the saloon more often than it does toward the woman who calls to his heart.
Will Quint and Lena overcome the trauma and hurt caused by a past they can no more control than they can change or will they go their separate ways, forever being alone?
HISTORICAL WESTERN ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT STORIES
Trouble and tragedy seems to follow Adeline, especially after losing both of her parents. Now a widow with a small child, the tax collector has come for her one material possession... her house. Andrew, her neighbor realizes that with his name on the property, she can avoid a foreclosure. They decide to get married in order stave off the bankers with the idea that they would have the marriage annulled in the winter.
Secretly, Andrew has pined for Adeline but he didn't want her like this. He fulfills his obligation to protect her and her son financially until his admiration for the beautiful woman turns into something he can no longer hide. When the time comes to annul their marriage, will they both have second thoughts?