Kate Blakely is trying to hold together a farm in Oregon near the turn of the century after her husband's reported drowning. Kate wishes she could erase the memory of his abusive behavior towards both herself and her traumatized four-year-old daughter, Miranda. His equally rough brother, Ryan, insists that Kate marry him, and threatens to take Miranda away. Meanwhile, Kate's handsome new neighbor, Zachariah McGovern, withstands rattlesnake bites to rescue Miranda from a well, and Kate takes him into her home to nurse him back to health. After Zachariah accidentally discovers why Kate's rose garden flourishes while the rest of her land produces little, the two make a marriage of convenience so that Zachariah can adopt Miranda and keep her from Ryan's clutches. Anderson ( Comanche Heart ) has a talent for drawing characters. Kate is portrayed sympathetically as a self-protective woman who has suffered, but the historical setting is less convincing. It seems unlikely, for instance, that a late 19th-century farmer could intuit modern psychiatric techniques, as Zachariah appears to do when he employs doll play to get Miranda to tell him about past abuse.
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Kate and her daughter live in a house that is falling apart around them. She was married for five years to an abusive husband. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Elizabeth Bennet
Great story - can't wait for the next book in the series. You fit right into the family in the first chapter.Published 6 months ago by Dennis Haley
Book is wonderful. Catherine Anderson always writes wonderful books, and I try to get all of themPublished 7 months ago by Nadine Goodwin
This is hard for me to rate because on one hand romance is not my general reading. But on the subject of abuse this made up for it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sandra Dauber
a good no brainer kind of book. sometimes I just want a book for pure enjoyment, don't want to analyze the author, etc, I just want to escape. This book was perfect for that.Published 15 months ago by jlt
Love it, wonderful, great book. Great Author. Love reading all her books.
Love the story
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