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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373695616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373695614
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author B.J. Daniels wrote her first book after a career as an award-winning newspaper journalist. Since then she has more than 40 short stories and 70 books in print. Her best-selling Harlequin Intrigue series, Whitehorse, Montana, has appeared on the USA Today bestselling list numerous times. She has also won a variety of awards including a Career Achievement Award for romantic suspense. Daniels lives in Montana with her husband, Parker.

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Marshall Chisholm was no carpenter. He was learning that the hard way, he thought. He put down his hammer for the day and turned to gaze out at the Montana landscape through what would one day be his finished bay window.

While he spent most of his days on the back of a horse herding cattle, he'd fallen in love with this house the moment he'd seen it. Not that there was anything special about it—or even the view. The house was a two–story farmhouse that had been built in the late 1930s. But it had good bones, as they say, and it had spoken to him the moment he'd walked in. Not that he would ever admit that.

There was something about the place that appealed to him even though it had been vacant for many years. He'd known it would take a lot of work, but he'd been eager to get started on it.

Along with the house, Marshall liked the view of the rolling prairie. It stretched out across this vast part of Montana as if endless. Out here, he felt on top of the world. Through every window he could see to the horizon with nothing to break that view on three sides but sagebrush and Black Angus cattle—his family's cattle.

The Chisholm Cattle Company ran more head of cattle than any other in the state and that took a lot of country. He also liked that as far as he could see, this was Chisholm land, most of it running to the horizon.

On the fourth side, the side this upstairs bedroom window faced, there were rolling grain fields and pasture, with only one structure on the horizon.

Marshall squinted as he noticed something different about the old three–story mansion in the distance. He'd looked at it many times since moving into this house. But this time he saw something odd.

Someone was over there.

That was such a rare occurrence that he picked up the binoculars he kept by the window and, peering through them, brought the huge mansion into focus.

He'd heard there had once been a small settlement around the mansion called Wellington, but all the other buildings had been gone for years. The only structure that remained was the monster of a mansion, or Wellington Manor as the locals called it.

The massive, old place must have dwarfed the other buildings that had been there years before and would have been ostentatious even in these times, let alone a hundred years ago. He'd heard stories for years about the family and the house, though he'd never believed them. People liked to think that old places had ghosts.

The last resident of Wellington Manor had died a year ago, an old spinster niece of the original owner, Jedidiah Wellington. Marshall had heard the place was tied up in an estate.

He frowned as he noticed there was a small red sports car parked under the cottonwood trees that flanked the house. The cottonwoods were fed by a small spring–fed creek that ended in a pond at the end of the row of trees. Marshall liked to swim in the pond since it was halfway between his house and the mansion.

As he scanned the scene, he saw that there was also a dark–colored large SUV parked behind the sports car.

How odd, he thought as he lowered the binoculars. Was it possible someone had bought the place? Or could it be squatters? His father had told him that drug dealers coming out of Canada would often stay in abandoned farmhouses, but he'd never seen anyone around Wellington Manor in the past year since it had been empty. The Canadian border was only about thirty miles away. The closest town to the south, Whitehorse, was another twenty miles. So the dirt road up to this part of the county didn't get a lot of traffic—let alone tourists. He supposed it could be drug runners.

Marshall took one more look through the binoculars and saw yet another vehicle coming up the long tree–lined drive to the mansion, this one a small white SUV.

He didn't know anyone who'd even been inside the mansion. Apparently Jedidiah Wellington and his family kept to themselves, and so had the old–maid niece who'd been the last one to live there.

His curiosity piqued and tired of carpentry work for the day, Marshall decided to saddle up and ride over to see what was going on.

Alexa Cross pulled up to the monstrous house with growing unease. The house looked like a hotel, looming three stories up with wings off four sides—not what she'd expected at all. When her brother had told her at the wedding that he and his new bride were remodeling her family's old house in Montana, she'd pictured something smaller, set in the mountains with lots of rock and wood. Not this ugly monstrosity.

As she stared at the house, she thought of his recent call saying he needed her to come out for a visit. She'd heard something in his voice that had scared her.

"What's wrong? Is it Sierra?"

"No," Landon had said, clearly irritated. "My wife's fine. We 're fine."

Alexa wished now she'd never voiced her misgivings about her brother's hasty marriage. But she couldn't help worrying that he'd made a mistake and was now realizing it.

Both university students, Landon and Sierra had met while working in Yellowstone Park for the summer and had fallen in love. Alexa hadn't even gotten a chance to meet Sierra before the wedding held at the old hotel at Mammoth Hot Springs until the day before the ceremony.

Sierra Wellington wasn't the woman Alexa would have chosen for her brother, but she'd seen at once what had attracted Landon to the petite, pretty blonde. Landon, like Alexa, had taken after their mother. He had the curly, dark hair, the dark eyes and olive skin of what was rumored to be fortune–telling, gypsy ancestors.

The contrast between Landon and Sierra, Alexa was sure, had been part of their attraction for each other. That and a common denominator called Montana. Both had a tie to the state. Landon's father had allegedly been born here—at least that was what their mother had told them. Neither Alexa nor Landon had ever met the man. Nor had their mother apparently bothered to get the man's last name at the time of Landon's conception.

Sierra's roots ran deeper in Montana, with several generations of Montanans and a family house that still stood in what had been a town named after her great–great–grandfather.

"It's this house," her brother had said on the phone. "There's something wrong with it." When Landon had told her about the idea he and Sierra had to turn the mansion she'd inherited into a bed–and–breakfast, Alexa hadn't shared their enthusiasm.

"You mean structurally?" she'd asked, relieved it was nothing more earth–shattering than a construction problem. Neither her brother nor his wife knew anything about running a bed–and–breakfast, and Alexa questioned the feasibility when the closest town was Whitehorse—apparently a small western town with a declining population. Not to mention that this wide–open prairie part of Montana wasn't the one most tourists came to see.

She'd kept her reservations about their plan to herself though, fearing alienating her brother, who seemed as excited about the prospect as his wife.

"I know this is asking a lot, but I need you to come out here," Landon had said. "I want you to see the house and tell me what you think. What do you say, sis?"

What could she say? He was her only family, since their mother had died a year ago. She would do anything for him and he knew it. Also she felt honored that he wanted her opinion.

"I'll drive out this weekend." It was a ten–hour drive from Spokane, Washington, where she lived and worked as a reporter. She could get a few days off from the newspaper without any trouble, and she hadn't seen her brother since the wedding and was worried about him.

"It might take more than a weekend," Landon had said, adding, "It's a big house."

The mansion was indeed big, she thought as she looked up at it. Big and ugly as if built by someone who wanted not to just impress but shock. There was nothing engaging about the structure. All she could hope was that it was more hospitable inside, since she didn't like old houses. As she stared at it, she feared coming here might have been a terrible mistake.

Alexa climbed out of her white SUV as the front door opened and her brother, Landon, came out to her. He looked so happy to see her that she shoved aside her misgivings.

"It is wonderful to see you," he said as he hugged her tightly. "Thank you so much for coming."

She drew back to study him, thinking how much she loved him. Sometimes she forgot how handsome and sweet he was. Their mother had called him her "little prince." Both of them had adored Landon, but somehow he hadn't grown up spoiled.

If anything, he was too generous with his money and his love, Alexa thought, as Sierra appeared in the wide doorway.

"Welcome to Wellington Manor," Sierra said with a grand gesture. "That's what the locals call it and I think it fits the place. You're early. Supper's not quite ready. The others are either napping or in town for supplies but should be back any minute."

"The others?" Alexa asked her brother.

"We have friends helping get the house ready for guests," Landon said as he reached into the back of her vehicle for her suitcase. "Only one suitcase?" He looked disappointed as he hooked the strap of her bag over one shoulder.

"I travel light," she said with a smile and reluctantly let him lead her toward the mansion. She could feel tension between her brother and his new wife and suspected it hadn't been Sierra's idea to invite her to come for a stay.

She wondered whose idea it had been to have these friends help get the house ready for guests; after all Sierra and Landon had given up their honeymoon to come here and get started on the bed–and–breakfast.

As they walked toward the front entry, Alexa noticed something t...


More About the Author

NYT and USA Today Bestselling author B.J. Daniels was born in Texas but moved with her family to Montana at the age of five. Her first home was a cabin in the Gallatin Canyon and later a lake house on Hebgen Lake outside of West Yellowstone.

Most of her books are set in Montana, a place she loves. She lives now in a unique part of the state with her husband and three Springer Spaniels.

When she isn't writing, she loves to play tennis, boat, camp, quilt and snowboard.
There is nothing she enjoys more than curling up with a good book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy Stilwell on January 3, 2013
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This is part of the Chisolm Cattle Company Series by B.J. Daniels.I have enjoyed reading all the books in this series. It was one of those books that I could not put down.I also liked the fact that I could not figure out who the villian was and had to read until the end. The Chisolm boys are always helping "damsels in distress' this story line had a unique spin to it-especially if you believe in ghosts. I do not want to give away the plot but anyone who enjoys Daniel's novels will not be disappointed. Unfortunately I did not read the series in order and read the last book first. I suggest reading them in order in order to understand the subplot.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Costello on January 4, 2012
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B.J. Daniel's is the best romance/suspense writer. This book was great and I love the way she incorporates characters from her other books into her new books. You get to know everyone in Whitehorse, Montana!
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I have enjoyed the mystery in this series. In Marshall and Alexa' s story she is trying to help her brother. Marshall is trying to look out for her. There is a second mystery in this book. This involves Holt and Emma. The books do good in trying to catch you up but I would read the series in order.
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By Irene Greenhoe on April 14, 2014
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She denied her gift for most of her life, but when push came to shove, it saved the lives of those closest to her.
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By lori shirrel on February 28, 2014
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This new author I'm been reading has catch the meaning of family. This book is a series of 6 books about a disfunctional family, with suspense and love.
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By Adrienne DeBoard on January 13, 2014
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I just love the suspense of all of B.J Daniel's books. She really knows how to keep you turning the pages. I read most of her books during my vacation. I was reading two to three books a day. I could not get enough. I started with her most recent trilogy books, (2013) now I am at the beginning. (2004). I just hope by the time I am finished with them that she has a new group of books out. I also like that is more about the story line then the sex. The way she throws in the love making part is really great. These little towns sure has a lot of secrets and action.
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By Lourdes (avid reader) on August 26, 2013
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I've only read three of BJ Daniels' books and so far I liked them all. She is a great story teller. Her stories seem simple but they're not. There is a lot of twists and suspense built in each and every story. This one included.
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It is not one of my very favorite but it is a good read. I am still reading it. B.J. Daniels is my favorite authors and she does amazing story telling. Intrigue is what she writes at her best. Would I buys this book again, yes but it is still not my favorite. She still gets 4 stars from me.
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