by Debra Parmley
Genre: Western Historical Romance
Lillian Hayes' fiance, Thomas Shelton, convinced the townsfolk to exchange their gold for his worthless bank notes. After he disappears with the gold, every eye turns to Lillian for answers. Even her cousin Carl insists she knows where the gold is. He is desperate to find it because he is deeply indebted to Kingston, small town criminal and owner of the local saloon. Carl will do anything to clear his debt; even torture Lillian for answers. Nick Brace is driving a herd of horses to town when he stumbles across Lillian, branded, strung up over a mineshaft, and left to die. He saves her, tends to her wounds, and teaches her to shoot to protect herself. But the danger isn't past. When Nick's horse-trading deal with Kingston goes bad, Lillian races to be the one to save him this time.
The harsh realities of living in the old West are very much at the forefront here. With the gathering of material wealth the driving force for most people of this time, anyone who gets in their way will be lucky to escape with their life in tact.
Lillian is on the receiving end of this repulsive behaviour when her fiancé absconds with the town's gold. Believing that she knows where the gold is, she is strung up, beaten up and branded. But even the old West has decent men: enter Nick, who saves her and looks after her. He shows her that there are some things worth sticking around for and that it is not all gun slinging and violence.
This was a fast paced, quick read that had a real feeling of authenticity about it.
Debra Parmley is an author whose goal is to spread love, one story at a time. Happiest writing in more than one genre, her published works to date are in the genres of western historical romance, 1920’s romance, contemporary romance, futuristic romance, paranormal romance and poetry. Debra enjoys writing, reading, coaching her writing students, medieval re-enactment events and world travel. Her work as a travel consultant gave her the opportunity to visit many countries and the theme of travel often appears in her work.
Her three favorite things are dark chocolate, visiting the beach and ocean, and hearing from her readers. Each letter, card and email is a treasured gift, like finding that perfect shell upon the beach.
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