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- Print Length: 184 pages
- Publication Date: March 14, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BH41J7L
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stone Brown is a rider under Levi Hawkins for the Pony Express. He left his family and his past, which included a hateful father, but it also meant leaving his mother and siblings. He has found more acceptance under the influence of Levi and Olivia Hawkins.
Charity Mitchell may work in the Crystal Dawn saloon dealing cards and serve drinks, but she is no soiled dove. When her father disappeared and was assumed dead while they were in New Orleans, Laiden McMasters took her under his care since she was just a little girl, and has raised her. While living in a saloon wasn’t a place to raise a child, it was what it was. Liaden has treated her well, protecting her, and providing for her.
The plot will have Stone and Charity slowly developing feelings for each other. He doesn’t see her as tainted or a soiled dove and starts courting her. He is furious at how some of the so-called upstanding citizens in town treat her. The Hawkins have great respect for Charity, especially after she took a stand and helped Wyeth. They consider her a friend, and she is welcome in their home.
“Sometimes the heart runs on its own pace. We can’t set a timetable.”
The story will have several scenes that include tension with the military and also trouble brewing with the Indians. Stone and Brett will be sent out of secret missions to Fort Valor to deliver a letter from Washington to the Major. During their overnight stay, they will come to the aid of an overzealous preacher outside of one of the saloons.
The Hawkins are planning a holiday dance at the home where Olivia is thrilled that Stone will be bringing Charity. In the Christian nature of the season, she will be inclined to invite Pierson, and he will cause problems. It never fails that certain people are troublemakers, especially those who want to act all pious and ignore what the Bible teaches them.
“I love Charity, Mr. Hawkins. I always will. People like Pierson just can’t stand happiness. I don’t think he’ll bother us anymore now that his little secret is out. Thank you again, for taking me on and making me a better man. You are the father I wish I’d had.” –Stone Brown to Levi Hawkins.
The story has angst, threats, rising problems, danger, and suspense, especially as tension escalates between the whites and the Indians. Several people are injured in this story, and it shows how good people help and make a difference, especially where there is no doctor present. While the story does not end on a cliffhanger, it does end with tension that I am sure will come out in the next books.
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.
Always, Stone is a really interesting addition to this series. Although some things happened in the story that felt like they'd be a bigger issue but weren't, causing a little frustration for me, the majority of the story is really enjoyable. I'll admit that I have concerns about the story line of brewing troubles between the Indians and the locals, but I look forward to seeing how this is handled.
I adored the relationship between Stone and Charity, and the way that Stone looked past her job and the judgment of everyone in town to see Charity for who and what she was. His unwavering support of her was nothing short of swoon-worthy. I also loved the way that Laiden took such care of Charity. Although she wasn't his responsibility and his ways might have been unconventional, he kept her safe and protected and I really admired that. Charity was the sweetest woman, but also so strong. The way that she dealt with being treated poorly in town was far more admirable and lady-like than the “cultured women” who were treating her like trash. The fact that our other book heroines rallied around her just cemented my adoration of them.
If you enjoy a sweet love story between two great characters, you would enjoy this story.
I requested and was granted an early copy of this book, given with no expectations. I wrote this review simply because I enjoyed the story.