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In Brenda Jernigan’s spellbinding novel, a surprise bequest offers three women a fresh start in America, new hope, and the romantic adventure of a lifetime… This is Shannon’s story.
Shannon McKinley flees Scotland to America hoping for a new life. She has answered an ad to be a nanny at Star Ranch in the Texas Territory. It doesn’t matter that she has never been a nanny. If she can handle men...she can handle children. As Shannon tames Luke Griffin’s two wild children, Luke proves a little more difficult as he still mourns his dead wife. Shannon will never accept being second best. As she begins to melt the ice from Luke’s heart, can he really let the past go and take a chance on love?
When a feisty Scot steps out of the stage in Cottonwood, Texas, Luke Griffin can do nothing bur stare. He advertised for old and ugly, but this woman doesn’t fit that description at all. And she is much too small to survive in Texas. He will send her back on the next stage. But for now, Luke will take her to the ranch and ignore the heat that runs though his veins every time she is near him.
In this wild and rugged land, will Shannon’s dark secret endanger the family she has come to love?
Terrific Historical Western Romance!
I enjoyed this historical western romance very much. There was a touch of suspense included in the story too, which made the tale all the more exciting. Shannon McKinley flees Scotland to escape her brutal father and his intent to marry her to one of his cronies. She applies for the post of nanny for a widower’s two small children in the small town of Cottonwood, Texas. The first surprise was that the children’s father, Luke Griffin, was a handsome man who made Shannon’s heart sing and the second surprise was that the redheaded beautiful Shannon made Luke’s heart sing despite his reluctance to get involved in a relationship. The rest of the tale was as endearing as the two children who were missing their natural mother and were suspicious of another nanny (the previous six didn’t last long enough to make a good impression), but gradually learned lessons and manners and to respect Shannon. This was a very satisfying romance.
*****FIVE STARS! The story of Shannon and Luke was so much fun to read! I knew upon first meetin the character of Shannon that she was going to give the hero a run for his money — and I was not disappointed. As for Luke, the way the author introduces him shows that there is more to this man than meets the eye. His past experience makes him the perfect match for Shannon. The two are a lot alike and that means you (the readers) are in for a special treat as this romantic adventure unfolds.
Author Brenda Jernigan paints a vivid portrait of the early West that almost made me feel as if I were there. Romance, adventure, and some historical bits thrown into the mix make this story just too good to miss. I cannot recommet this tale highly enough!***** HUNTRESS REVIEWS by Detra Fitch