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The Prairie Doctor's Bride Mass Market Paperback – December 19, 2017
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Kathryn Albright grew up in San Diego where she sets many of her western historical romances. A Golden Heart finalist and recipient of the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, her stories celebrate courage and hope and love with a dash of adventure. She now lives in the rural Midwest.
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She made a life for her and Tommy and worked the land she and her husband bought. It was a hard life, she had no money and had to barter in town for what they needed that she couldn't get from the animals or from what she grew in the ground.
If anyone needed help she helped without expecting anything in return. She was good at healing naturally. Her son fell off the shed roof and hurt himself really bad. Sylvia did all she could but he needed a doctor.
There was a new doctor in town so she went to get him, there was a misunderstanding so Sylvia decided the only thing she could do was to kidnap him, after all Tommy needed him.
I can't tell you more without giving things away so please get this book and read it for yourself to find out everything that happens. You too will be amazed! The book is well worth getting and reading.
Miss Sylvia Marks is a mother and woman who has been on her own for eight years. She has been ostracized from the fine folks in town who would rather talk about her and treat her like an outcast. She lives across the river and away from town on the homestead that she and Thomas claimed before he was killed on a cattle drive. She does her best to raise her crops, tends to animals, and keep her and her son, Tommy, feed and sheltered, and barter for items in town.
“In her life pretty always had to walk a step behind practical.”
The plot will have Dr. Graham witnessing the harassment of Sylvia when she is in town. Later they will meet again under stressful circumstances when she needs his assistance when Tommy is severely injured. Sylvia is a proud woman who refuses charity and will only barter, but when it comes to her child, she will resort to taking her actions a step across the line when pushed beyond her boundaries.
“I guess you’ve figured a way to find a flower among the weeds.”
“In the future, please refrain from climbing on the shed and scaring your mother. You may like to think you are a cat with nine lives to spare, but you are a boy with only one life. You need to take care of it.”
While this story doesn’t offer a level of surprise with the chemistry between Nelson and Sylvia, it is the story itself that is the adventure. What all will happen along the journey before things are resolved. When heavy rains come, so does flooding, and things get so dangerous, that Sylvia and Tommy must try and get across the river and into town and safety. What will it take for Nelson to convince her that she and Tommy belong in town?
“Somehow, he would convince her that she was welcome—in town, in his home, and in his heart. If he had to go forward patiently in small increments, then that was what he would do.”
Secrets from the past have a way of coming out, and even if limited to who knows, it will affect the lives of people. A visit from Mrs. Graham will answer some of the mysteries Nelson has questioned for years. He is envious of the love, care, and compassion that Sylvia has for her son, Tommy. Something he never experiences with his own mother. Watching the compassion, Sylvia has for the townspeople when they are in need proves she is willing to put others ahead of herself.
What will it take for Nelson to convince Sylvia that she is just want he wants and needs. They have each admitted they loved one another, but how can he show her that her past doesn’t have to be her future? “Her past was done and over. And she was more.”
Two women will have faced the same dilemma, and each will travel a different road, while one seems to prosper financially and socially, the other had unending love for her child. Life is all about choices, and sometimes there is no perfect solution, it’s all personal choices. Life isn’t just black or white; there are many shades of gray.