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Silver Dollar Duke: An American Victorian Romance (Hearts of Arizona Book 1) Kindle Edition
The last thing Dannie needs is a Victorian gentleman on her ranch, playing cowboy while she’s trying to save her family’s livelihood. Will high stakes and high emotions lead to heartbreak?
Evan Rounsevell, second son to the Marquess of Rothwell, is running as far from his family and responsibilities as he can. His fascination with cowboys takes him from English shores to the Arizona desert, but the days of showdowns are over, and Tombstone, Arizona, is a respectable town. With no funds left, and no desire to call on his affluent family for rescue, Evan seeks a position as a cowboy at a ranch on its last leg.
Daniella Bolton’s fiancé left when the drought of 1893 crippled the KB ranch, but that’s just fine by her. She doesn’t need a man to help her save her family’s land. Especially not an Englishman who looks down on her style of living, like Evan does. She loves her life on the ranch, and no outsider could ever understand what it means to be loyal to the land and her family’s way of life.
Being a cowboy is harder than Evan thought, but as he works to earn his place on the ranch, his heart opens up to the beauty of the desert… as well as that of Dannie Bolton. Watching Evan fight for the ranch she loves makes Dannie realize that not all men are afraid of hard work and troubled times, and loving Evan might be just the salve her wounded heart needs. But when Evan’s family summons him home right when Dannie needs him most, the feelings of betrayal from her former fiancé’s flight return tenfold.
Does Evan dare risk his tenuous relationship with Dannie to fulfill his family responsibilities? Or will leaving Arizona be the worst mistake of his life?
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- ASIN : B0871HY3CM
- Publisher : Pink Citrus Books (March 1, 2021)
- Publication date : March 1, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3679 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 326 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1947005286
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,367 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Silver Dollar Duke - does all of that, and does it very well! I loved the book, the characters, especially the setting. Sally does her research! Everything feels true and real regarding the everyday lives of the people and the environment. I cannot say enough good things about this story.
The best part of Britton's storytelling is her believable, endearing characters. Evan (called "Duke" on the ranch) is admirable: willing to work hard at whatever is asked of him, patient with Dannie and her hang-ups, and cognizant of the fact his time in Arizona is limited. Dannie is a strong woman working to make her family ranch profitable, despite the droughts of recent years. She was a little frustrating in her determination to think ill of Evan no matter what he did, but she had her reasons.
There's something for everyone: wild-west action, bullying Pinkertons, a sweet romance, and a fun peek into daily ranch life more than a hundred years ago. I can't wait for the next in the series.
If I had one complaint, it was that I couldn't finish this book in a day, so I stayed up way too late at night to finish reading it (just kidding, although that did happen). Actually, I would say that after the premise was established, the plot did not move significantly for most of the book. Things happened, but the plot didn't move forward much. But you know what? I'll forgive the author that, because everything else about the story was lovely.
I am familiar with the region of Arizona in which the story took place, and it was a delight to hear the author reference small towns and tidbits of history that I was familiar with. I know that she takes great pains to write with historical accuracy, and it showed in her storytelling.
Overall, this was a lovely book. I recommend it for anyone who wants a feel-good, light story with sweet romance. It was a bonus being set out west, but this was more than a romance than a western.
Evan is a Lord in England and itching to experience Western America. He finds his way to Arizona. Begrudgingly brought to the KB Ranch by Dannie Bolton, she let her Dad and ranch hands give him his chance. Surprising her and those around him, Evan, given the nickname Duke, proves his worth. The ranch is not doing well and they aren't sure how long they can keep running. Over time Duke and Dani learn more about each other and fall in love. It was refreshing to see this relationship slowly evolve over the months this book covered. Evan's brother comes to America to bring him home. Duke finds a way to stay in America and with Dannie. Wonderful ending to wonderful characters. Can't wait for next book in series.
I loved how unique this story was. It was interesting to see someone from England (and not just anybody, but the son of a marquess) trying to fit in on a ranch in the middle of Arizona. I loved the scene where they asked Evan to list his qualifications to stay on the ranch as a cowboy, and to watch him squirm as he presented his very lackluster resume. I loved how well Evan proved himself despite how few skills he began with.
Also, I loved Dannie. She was determined and capable and the greatest cowgirl. Dannie and Evan's relationship deserves all the heart eyes. They were so perfect for each other.
If you haven't read this book yet, it definitely deserves a place on your TBR list!! It is one you won't want to miss.
Loc 323, “elevation was too high for cactuses to grow” - From Wikipedia, there are varieties that belong to high altitude areas (cold and dry); there are quite a few species of cactus which thrive in hilly regions and at high altitude; cactus that grow at high elevation in the mountains can not take the heat but do good with, snow, ice, cold, wind, rain, blizzard conditions where the desert cactus can not.
Loc 1289, “ the blue shirt brought made the green in his eyes stand out.” “brought made”?
loc 1701, “Soft footfalls made them turn…” Gus is a dog – the sound of his walking would not be “soft footfalls.”
loc 2674, “Evan made the work go twice as fast and they still had time to get his clothes out … before the rain fell.”
if the work went twice as fast, then of course they’d have time to get the clothes out. Why make such a point of it?
On the other hand, a word of praise for the author: at loc 3358, you do know how to spell toe the line.
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I wasn't disappointed, for me the characters struck a chord. Evan with his longing for adventure tempered with his strong sense of duty, Dannie with her love for her father's ranch but protecting herself romantically after having her heart broken when her fiancé abandoned her. They are attracted to each other, however true love never runs smoothly. The story definitely kept me hooked and I read it virtually in one sitting. There is a second book in the series planned and I'm really looking forward to that one as well.
I received an advance copy of this book from the author, however as she is on my list of must - read authors I had already pre-ordered it.