By Deeanne Gist
In 1860s Seattle, a guy with a spouse might safe himself 640 acres of timberland. yet due to his wife's premature demise, Joe Denton reveals himself approximately to lose 1/2 his declare. nonetheless in mourning, his most sensible answer is to shop for a type of Mercer women coming back from the East. a girl he will marry in identify yet retain round normally as a prepare dinner. Anna Ivey's trip west with Asa Mercer's ladies is an get away from the griefs of her previous. She's no longer alleged to be a bride, notwithstanding, only a cook dinner for the women. but if they land, she's passed to Joe Denton and the 2 locate themselves in a knotty state of affairs. She refuses to wed him and he is approximately to lose his land. With just a couple of months left, can Joe persuade this provoking--but beguiling--easterner to be his bride?
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Staring—no, gawking. But they backed up and gave her some room. Too much room. Like the sun encircled by all the stars and planets in the universe. Where was Mrs. Wrenne, she wondered. And the rest of their party? But she couldn’t see anything beyond the shoulders of all these men. ” Murmurs of agreement flitted throughout the group. Removing a handkerchief from her pocket, she dabbed her hairline and neck. Fifty pairs of eyes tracked every pat. She tucked the handkerchief into her sleeve. ” Whiskey Jim asked.
Denton lifted his gaze from her face to a man just behind her shoulder, cutting him off midsentence with a single glare and dousing the plethora of information. So long as he didn’t have rebel sympathies, they’d get along fine. But those formative years in Georgia were a concern. “I’m from the North, Mr. Denton. ” He offered no visible reaction. ” He removed his hat and gave a formal bow. ” Joe thought she looked ready to jump out of her skin and, like any cornered animal, snarled at those who came too close.
San Francisco, California June 4, 1866 Anna rushed to the upper deck with the rest of the ladies for her first glimpse of the promised land. Hanging on to the rail, the wind whipped against her face, bringing the taste of salt with it. They passed through the Golden Gate and all powers of speech failed her. Not because she was taken by California’s beauty, but because she was horrified. Nothing but brown in every direction. The hills were brown. The islands were brown. Even the town was brown.