Back when Lydia was eight years old, a sixteen year old boy befriended her at a time when she truly needed a friend. He also gave her a self-addressed letter and told her to send it to him at anytime if she was in trouble and needed his help again.
That was ten years ago. It’s now 1916 and Lydia is being forced to marry a man she hates. She has to do something or her elderly aunts and she will become charity cases and turned out from their home. Lydia mailed the letter to Gideon on a whim but now knows there isn’t anything Gideon can do to help her, even if he did get her letter and come to her rescue. She has no choice but to marry the wealthy banker who holds the mortgage on their house.
Sounds like the old classic tale of the evil banker with the fair maiden, doesn’t it? Well, it is with lots of changes. The story is set in Phoenix and Stone Creek, a fictitious town about a day’s horseback ride away. So, of course there are all sorts of manly cowboys, plus loads of quick-witted dialogue and plenty of sexual tension.
Gideon gets Lydia’s letter and is just in time to stop the wedding. But, the only way he can think to stop it is to marry Lydia himself, even if that is not what Lydia wants.
I love the writing of Linda Lael Miller. She is especially good at these Western historical stories. Of course I love her contemporary Western romances too. I reviewed the first in her Montana Creeds series a while ago. (You can read that by going to Montana Creeds.)
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