Hannah is desperate for help..
William is determined to regain his family's land...
When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but also for the Texas ranch her father recently acquired. A marriage of convenience could ease her predicament... but is it the true desire of her heart?
Wounded soldier William Barnett returns home only to find out that his family's ranch has been seized. Though angered at this turn of events, he's surprised to discover that it is a beautiful young woman with amazing fortitude who is struggling to keep the place running.
Despite these circumstances, Hannah and William form an uneasy truce... and an undeniable attraction builds between them. In a land where loyalties are divided in a country ravaged by war, is there any hope that the first blush of love can survive?
Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's Web site at www.traciepeterson.com and her blog at www.writespassage.blogspot.com.
It is hard to imagine the turmoil that splits a country, where families and neighbours are torn apart by their beliefs. Texas in the 1860's was still reeling from war, and nobody felt safe and secure.
When Hannah's father traveled to Mississippi to say a final farewell to his ailing mother, they expected that he would soon return home to the ranch in Texas. However, time went by and there was no word from him. Hannah did her best to hold everything together, raising her two younger siblings and trying to run the family ranch.
When William appeared at Hannah's doorstep, he claimed that the ranch legally belonged to his family, and he intended to regain his family inheritance. William and Hannah were forced to work together in some very dangerous times, for their own safety as well as the future of the ranch.
A really good story has to have a villain, and Herbert Lockhart was the type of character who was easy to hate. It is easy to dislike a man who thinks that he is above the law, and who manipulates situations for his own personal benefit.
Tracie Peterson has written a stunning historical fiction novel that captured my attention from the very beginning. Do I recommend this one? Absolutely!!
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