Published by Whitaker House on August 3rd 2015
Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather's barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn. Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he'd inherited. Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family's mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He'll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?
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In an Oyster shell – This was a surprising out of bounds romance. It was clean, well-written, with strong characters that become a part of your reality.
The Pearls – The book starts out with a terrifying hook that leaves you moving forward, but scared to do so. The prologue was outright terrifying. The story then jumps to the other main character which reminded me of a softer version of Anne from Anne of Green-Gables. Which made for a stark contrast. It was unexpected.
The romance that fuels this story along is thoughtful and amorous. It’s so sweet but lined with lots of conflict, so it makes it more realistic.
The characters. I know I go on and on about characters but truly if you don’t have good characters how do you get through a story? It’s like going to a restaurant with no hostess and no waiter, super awkward and against all that’s right in the world. I know some people would have a hard time with the neo-traditional roles the characters play, but I liked it.
I liked the overall theme of the book is the past may not be what you thought it was, it can be resolved to make way for a better future, especially in relationships.
The Sand – The beginning was so intense I was worried I couldn’t finish it, but it worked out in the end.
I give this book 4.5 pearls.
The First Book in the Series
Young widow Shaina Sterling hates living a lie. Desperate to keep bill collectors from the door, she secretly sells valuable possessions piece by piece, and hopes Denverís elite never discover that his lavish lifestyle left her a near pauper.
Sheís unaware that as her husband lay dying, successful rancher Sloan Remington made him a promise. And Sloan guards her secrets†as carefully as he looks after her safety.
When fire devours Sterling Hall, leaving her homeless and penniless, he brings her to Remington Ranch to manage his household. His kindness makes Shaina beholden to him Ö and threatens to expose the secret that could destroy him.
Will trials and tragedies bring Sloan and Shaina together?
Or will secretsóand the cost of exposing themódrive them apart forever?
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