- File Size: 658 KB
- Print Length: 170 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0731ZDNC7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Always, Clay (Three Rivers Express Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The riders were young men, on their own, trying to fit in and to find themselves. It was a chance for a new life for those young men. The new mail service did not set well with everyone. It brought jealously from the Stage Coach business and danger. Someone is determined to stop the Pony Express from succeeding and Clay finds himself in danger. Another well written story in this series which alternates between two authors. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. Sweet young love living in a harsh country where both the men and women have to stay strong. Enjoyable read. This is the second in the series but can be read alone.
Nan O’Berry’s contribution to the Three Rivers Express series has a emphasis on the danger facing the settlers in the new Western territories of the United States and the perils of the Express riders. The interaction between Emma and Clay, and Emma’s family, was touching and well-done. But there were some nail-biting moments too, as it is clear someone is planning to destroy the Express, even if it means committing a crime! No spoilers, but I was teary-eyed at one point in the book - those scenes were heart-breaking and realistic.
An interesting point in this series is that Reina Torres and Nan O’Berry are alternating writing the books. Although I have read several similar series done this way, I have to say the writing of these two authors is not only excellent, but they also mesh so well with one another. I cannot wait for my next visit to Three Rivers!
Clay Adams left his family and home in Texas, when his family disowned him for having a difference of political opinion about slavery, and the Union. He will take his mother’s maiden name and reinvent himself. Becoming a rider for the Pony Express, and saving his money, he plans to find land and start his own ranch raising cattle and horses.
Emma Rawlings is the only daughter in the Rawlings family. She knows, but her father’s own statement, that her two brothers, Drew and Stephen, will inherit the Rocking R, but never her. She has a sweet spirit and proves she is a strong woman of the west.
The plot will have Clay at the general store where he will meet Stephen and become bewitched by Emma. She is beautiful and charms her way right into his heart. When she tears her lavender gown on a nail, that will lead to him purchasing her new yard goods, that will set him in the sites of men working for Pierson Stage Line that is unhappy with the Pony Express. Six to one odds are never good in a fight, and with Clay injured, he will be over of the runs for a week.
Clay will visit the Rocking R Ranch and learn more about Emma and her family in an informal manner of courting. He proves himself with her father and brother and has already earned the admiration of Mrs. Rawlings and Stephen. But Emma, she knew from the first smile in the general store she was hooked. “I knew from the first smile.”
The dangers of the Pony Express will result in the murder of a new young rider, Denver, and Clay will be shot too. Life and death situations will keep the pages turning with intense scenes. The Hawkins are devastated at the loss of one their own with the death of Denver. “In God, I trust. In man, I wonder.”
Clay has an obligation to his commitment to the Pony Express, but he also knows that his future is with Emma. “She makes me know that home is where she is. Where I want to be.”
This is a sweet, clean historical based story of new beginnings. I laughed happy tears, and I cried sad ones. I look forward to the next book in this series
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