Sold into prostitution, Sara Fuller robs a client and flees to her brother in White Pines, Montana.
Anxiously awaiting his mail order bride, rancher Caleb Young is delighted when a beautiful woman steps off the stagecoach. A series of misassumptions soon finds the two taking their marriage vows.
When Sara discovers she isn’t Caleb’s intended bride, she hides her scandalous past and sets out to prove she can be a good wife. Caleb adores Sara but suspects her of hiding something very important. Despite Sara’s secrets, their love grows and a child is conceived.
When Caleb’s real bride arrives, their troubles begin, only to be compounded by the appearance of the man Sara robbed. Now the two lovers must discover whether their love is strong enough to survive the forces threatening to tear them apart.
Review: This was an historical romance set in Denver and Montana in the 1880’s. It is the third book in the Safe Havens series but wasn’t my favorite for several reasons. The characters from other books did not have as big a presence in this book plus the story was significantly shorter.
Also, Caleb and Gideon were not my favorite characters throughout the series and they were front and center here although by the end of the book they each showed a different side to me. There were a lot of misunderstandings on both Sara and Caleb’s parts initially but they were able to see how that happened as they got to know each other and communicated more. Sara had a lot to work through from her childhood and how she was treated and it was heartwarming to see the strides she made with Caleb’s help even though she was harboring way too many secrets that I knew in the end would come out and hurt her and Caleb. It was nice to see how easily Sara was accepted by her new family.
There was family, friends, heartache, tears, laughter, hard work, secrets, patience, jealousy, their pasts, births, romance and love. There was a happily ever after that took a long time to happen due to how stubborn Caleb was and it was his jealousy in the end that took us there. There was closure but it was too abrupt for me. A few more chapters or an epilogue would have been nice.
I have enjoyed the two series I’ve read so far and look forward to reading more of James’ books.
Favorite Quote: There was more at stake here than he’d realized. While he’d been searching for a wife, he’d naively assumed she’d be a biddable, obedient woman. He hadn’t considered that she’d have a strong personality or a past that haunted her.