"A lucid presentation of the hero's interior combines with (the author's) adventurous heroine and reticent wit for a connoisseur's "amnesia romance." Four stars from Romantic Times
"A pleasure to read...beautifully original." Author Jodi Thomas
From the Author
This book is one of my all time favorite western historical romances to write. I enjoyed all the others because I love to weave history around a love story, but for some reason following Allie and Jake west on the old Santa Fe Trail was like going back in time. We've driven the route so many times, my hubby and I, for we love going to New Mexico from our own home state of Arkansas. My first book set there was a biography of my mother's cousin who grew up on a homestead in New Mexico. Visiting her introduced me to that surreal landscape of the high desert and I was in love.
Allie is also a tomboy like I was growing up, and I like her spirit. Jake is a man after every woman's heart. Put them together, along with a healthy dose of outlaws like Jessie and Frank James and the infamous Clay Allison, the really bad guys like Allie's ex-fiance, and all the good people of the caravan headed west from Westport, Missouri, and you've got an unbeatable adventure.
Writing historical westerns is my most favorite pastime right next to watching western movies. Not sure which I enjoy more. And the grittier the better. I don't write sweet romances or even sweet westerns. I write them down and dirty with villains to die for, literally.
Republishing this book to Kindle has given me a great thrill because I know there's a huge reading audience that didn't get the chance to read it back in the 90s. I hope they enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.