Clover City, Colorado–1888
A mysterious letter and the drop-dead handsome town marshal, are the last things Mariah expects to find making rounds as a midwife.
Mariah McAllister plans to be married before her next birthday. Too bad Marshal Virgil Kincaid barely knows she’s alive. Not one to give up easily, she’s determined to show him she has an abiding passion for more than her work.
Virgil Kincaid loved a woman once–after she broke his heart, he spent three years in prison. Women can’t be trusted, no matter how good they look. He’s sworn off relationships in favor of Saturday night poker games. Life is simple–the way he wants it…until a stranger turns up dead in the road.
Forced to work side by side with Mariah, Virgil begins to wonder if she might be his second chance at love. As they trade kisses and oh so much more, he’s willing to take the gamble. But when a killer threatens their once peaceful town, all bets are off.
Review: This was an easy read at only 84 pages but it could have been so much more. With better developed characters and without the loose ends that needed tying up this could have been a much more enjoyable read. There was great potential and a lot was packed into this novella but the story didn’t go deep enough for me. Mariah was a complex character as was Virgil but his background was only given a cursory glance and there was such rich fodder for the telling of his trials and tribulations but they were glossed over. Same was true with Molly and Morgan. Wentworth was a hard person to figure out since most of what he did went against what I would think how someone from Scotland Yard would act or behave.
Historical romances are one of my favorite genres. There was happiness, fear, sorrow, heartache, a few shootouts and dead bodies plus a murder to solve as well as love – not sure I would say there was true romance though although there were several happily ever afters that didn’t seem likely to come about. The epilogue helped give some closure. I have not read books by Rifkin before but would give a few of her other books a try hoping for better closure and a little more length.
Favorite Quote: “It wasn’t the snakes fault you came riding by. Besides, it’s kind of a rule in these parts; you don’t kill something for no good reason. And if there is a good reason, you still put it to good use.”