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- Publication Date: May 17, 2018
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- Language: English
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Ellis Cooper is a man carrying a heavy burden and just needing to find a way to start over. His only true crime was guilty by association and hanging around with the wrong people. He has spent three years in prison because of it. Now released from prison for a theft he had nothing to do with, he will go to Three Rivers where his Uncle Samuel Cooper is the blacksmith. His Uncle has spoken to Levi Hawkins about securing his a position with the Pony Express.
Newcomers to town, Marshall Thomas Halston, and his daughter, Virginia, are starting to acclimate to their new home. Virginia has several things she needs to be done around the home place and will hire out to assist with the chores. Levi Hawkins will suggest Ellis Cooper for the task.
The plot of the story will have Ellis trying to adjust to life outside of prison and the stigma of being an ex-con and how some people will treat him. While Levi and Olivia Hawkins believe in giving people the benefit of the doubt, not everyone is that way. When Ellis and Virginia meet, there is an attraction between them, but he is cautious, after all, he is an ex-con, and her father is the law in town.
No matter how some of the riders make snide remarks, Ellis never lets them get to him. He tries to be fair with people and hopes for the same.
“It won’t last forever. They’ll give me a chance. Someday.”
When Ellis is sent to a town to deliver letters to the town Marshall, and wait for replies, he will encounter two from his past, Cal and Jed, the two men who committed the stage robbery that he took the blame for. When they try to talk him into joining them again, he refuses. But that won’t stop them from causing trouble. It doesn’t take long before they show up in Three Rivers.
Honesty goes a long way, and Ellis has learned to trust the right person. But what happens when an innocent person is caught in the crossfire? Cal and Jed don’t play by the rules and kidnapping Virginia places both Ellis and Marshall Halston on edge. But who is behind the plot to stop the Pony Express and willing to hire these thieves? Will they be able to save Virginia before any harm comes to her?
The story has angst, threats, danger, kidnapping, and suspense, as certain people try to stop the Pony Express. The story has several key characters that are in previous books, and the situation of life and death, births and struggles in a small town without the aid of a doctor. Best of all, it offers a chance of redemption and clearing up a mistake from the past.
“I am too in love to try and stop her. I will, I fear, bend my will to hers, for when she is happy, my world blossoms with possibilities.”
The story is a sweet, clean historical based story of new beginnings, that has ordinary people who accept the extraordinary challenges of life. I look forward to the next book in this series.
Virginia Halston is used to traveling to new towns with her father, a US Marshal. Since her mother’s death, Virginia has kept her father’s household together, but feels isolated from him and from making friends due to the constant moves. Virginia takes on sewing jobs to earn money for setting up a home, and Ellis steps up to be her handyman. Soon the lawman’s daughter and the ex-convict develop a friendship and connection. But the road to romance is not smooth for these two….
Everyone loves a redemption story, and this one is a lovely one! Obviously Ellis is seeking that redemption, and he clearly earns it. But others throughout the story are seeking their peace and place to redeem themselves. Ms. Torres paints every scene with emotion: from the realistic and often smart dialogue between the characters to observations about the town, the reader can literally feel the moments with every paragraph. And as with all the Three Rivers books, there is a thread of suspense and mystery that will engage you to the end. I have fallen in love with Three Rivers and all I have met there - you will too!
Virginia Halston is read to settle down, make friends and build a home. She's tired of the constant moving and finds so many reasons to want to stay in Three Rivers, not the least of which is Ellis Cooper. But her father is a sheriff, and he goes where the work is. Hopefully, he will be offered a permanent position here in Three Rivers where she is finally finding some happiness. But when Ellis Cooper's past comes knocking on the Sheriff's door, will anyone be able to keep her safe? And who's behind all of the ruckus being caused in the first place?
I have always made it clear that I love this author's sweet romances. They are original and authentic, and I fall in love with each hero she writes. They make me long for a simpler time when finding love took some good, old fashioned courting, and the stories actually had a happily ever after. I love Ellis' story, and I can't wait to see who's she writes next.