By Deeanne Gist
In 1860s Seattle, a guy with a spouse may possibly safe himself 640 acres of timberland. yet due to his wife's premature loss of life, Joe Denton unearths himself approximately to lose 1/2 his declare. nonetheless in mourning, his top resolution is to shop for a type of Mercer ladies getting back from the East. a lady he will marry in identify yet retain round usually as a cook dinner. Anna Ivey's trip west with Asa Mercer's women is an break out from the griefs of her previous. She's now not purported to be a bride, notwithstanding, only a prepare dinner for the women. but if they land, she's passed to Joe Denton and the 2 locate themselves in a knotty scenario. She refuses to wed him and he is approximately to lose his land. With just a couple of months left, can Joe persuade this provoking--but beguiling--easterner to be his bride?
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The man at her side drawled on, completely unaware of her distress. She placed her free hand against her chest, her gaze darting from one man to the other. “Here, Whiskey Jim, you’re scaring her to death,” said a clean-shaven man in a black suit. ” “I ain’t frightenin’ her,” Whiskey Jim growled, pulling her closer to his side. ” She looked into his unkempt face, seeing only a rebel and not a man. “I . . I . ” The gentleman who’d come to her rescue tried to shoo Whiskey Jim back, but he kept hold of her arm.
Mercer to bring him a bride? And if there was, what would be his reaction to this sweet elderly woman the girls on the boat had dubbed “Toothless”? And what would be the reaction of Anna’s employer when he was told he owed Mr. Mercer fifty dollars on her behalf? Because after spending the last seven months in the company of Asa Mercer, she feared he hadn’t consulted Mr. Denton about paying for her passage. She gripped the railing, her legs suddenly weak. I want to go back, she thought. What had she been thinking to leave the only home she’d ever known?
I mean it, Hoke. ” He took the steps two at a time. She screamed, but he threw her down on the halfway landing, cutting off her cry and knocking the breath from her. “You want a fight, little girl, then that’s what you’ll get. ” She sucked in a great gulp of air, but before she could release another scream, he slammed a hand against her mouth. “I’m through with these cat-and-mouse games. You need a husband. You have no family, no home, and when I’m through with you, you’ll have no options. ” He stretched out, pinning her beneath him.