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The Tender Vine (Diamond of the Rockies #3) Paperback – February 1, 2002
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Kristen Heitzmann was raised on five acres of ponderosa pines at the base of the Rocky Mountains where she still lives with her husband and four children. A musician, Kristen delights in sharing the traditions of American heritage, both through one-on-one interaction and through her bestselling series THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN LEGACY and her latest series DIAMOND OF THE ROCKIES. Her newest books, including Twilight, feature the landscape of America today.
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Quillan and Carina Shepherd leave Crystal to go back to California so Carina can see her family and introduce Quillan to them. She hasn’t written them to tell them of her marriage and finds this is a mistake when they arrive. Papa is angry for her getting married without his consent and breaking the marriage betrothal with Flavio. This doesn’t bode well for Quillan and Carina.
Quillan knows what it is like to be rejected. On the way here, they stopped to visit his grandparents, the DeMorney’s. His grandfather rejected him as someone trying to get money from them. His grandmother rejected him only because her husband did. He refused to let her even talk to him. However, she gets around that by talking to Carina and giving her a locket with Quillan’s mother’s picture in it. She can’t break the rules her husband has set. Carina hopes someday they will accept Quillan.
Flavio tries to get Carina to love him again and doesn’t accept her marriage to Quillan. He is used to getting his way and will this time too. Quillan goes to work for a quarry and carried nitroglycerine with him. Flavio sets off a stick of dynamite under Quillan’s wagon and traps him beneath it while it burns. Flavio comes to his senses long enough to help Quillan out and to cut the horses loose. The men at the quarry take Quillan to Dr. DiGratia for help. He cannot let Quillan die and does the best for him. However, they have no way of knowing if he will ever walk again or will walk with a limp. He was hurt quite dreadfully.
What will happen to Flavio? Will this be a way to get Carina back or not? Will Carina’s family accept Quillan now? Will he allow them to accept him before knowing what the outcome of his injuries will be?
Again I didn't want to come to the end. Felt like I was living among this family.