Eighteen-year-old Abigail Dodd has always dreamed of building a life out West. Her plans to join her older brother in Texas are put in jeopardy when he suddenly stops writing. Unsure whether he’s dead or alive, Abigail leaves for the Wild West in search of the truth.
Jake Morgan rides to the rescue when things go wrong on the long road to Sweet Creek, Texas. He vows to see Abigail safely to her destination before continuing his own journey to California. When it becomes clear that her life is in danger, Jake decides to stay as long as it takes to make sure she’s safe — even if it costs him his life.
When Abigail learns of a dark secret from his past, she realizes that she may have to let go of the man she has come to love in order to save his life.
“I loved this story! You have the hero, the heroine, stage coach robberies, horses, villains (one of which is not only evil, but a bad actor!), shootouts & a self-serving politician.”
“I read it in one day and found myself drawn in by the layered characters Ms. Iten has created.”
“A unique and captivating story with romance and a happy-ending that we all want. A little bit of mystery and a lot of romance. The characters are well developed and engaging. There are real life situations that the characters go through and face. It is easy to relate to the realism of the characters.”
Boardinghouse owner Rosie Porter spent the last twenty years seeing to the needs of others, laying aside her dream of having a family of her own. But ever since the new sheriff came to town, feelings have stirred and old desires resurfaced. Unsure if romance can still blossom anew for a forty-three year old woman, she happens to attract the attention of a handsome boarder.
Sheriff Micah Lagrange’s heart belongs to the blue-eyed boardinghouse owner, but his head knows they can never have a future together. Scarred from a tragedy in his past, he’s convinced that the best way to protect Rosie is to let her live life without him.
His internal tug of war intensifies when she’s injured in a mysterious attack on her home. Micah springs into action, determined to protect her at all costs. He soon realizes that he must let go of his fear if he ever wants to truly protect the woman he loves.
“Fun, enjoyable read from an author who clearly loves western romance.”
“A beautiful, fast moving story. It uses an older couple, that have seen much trial and tribulation in both of their lives. I find reading about an older couple refreshing.”
“A fast-paced story filled with action and romance that will have you trying to read faster to see what is going to happen next. There were a few times that I was holding my breath.”
Clara Hargrove is no stranger to hardship. A loveless marriage and lean times caused her to lose all hope for a happy future. Now widowed, the expectant mother of six young children is determined to face her challenges alone, until danger drives her into the waiting arms of a man she once loved.
Hans Christoph only ever loved one woman. When Clara chose another suitor over him, the master craftsman buried himself in his work for years. Now, he’s finally ready for more out of life. Hope for a second chance at love reignites in his heart when their paths happen to cross once again.
Just weeks remain before Clara moves her young family hundreds of miles away, crushing all hope of a future together. Hans only has until Christmas to break through Clara’s walls and remind her how to love again if he doesn’t want to risk losing her for a second time.
“Heart-wrenching and beautiful story about second chances!”
“Iten captures the spirit of the Old West very well, especially the hardship that poverty and cold weather can bring. Hans, so full of warmth and love, seems the perfect remedy for all that ails Clara.A satisfying book with a decidedly Christmasy ending.”
“This is the second book I read from this author and she continues to draw me in with well developed characters, a plot that has been used before but with a unique quality to it. The characters showed so many emotions and the writing made me feel as if I was within the story itself.”
AUTHOR NOTE: This entire book was written in the dark while I typed as quietly as I could, trying to keep my newborn baby asleep.